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Van Loveren Family Cellar Robertson, Afrique du Sud www.vanloveren.co.za

Van Loveren Family Cellar Robertson Afrique du Sud

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Van Loveren, Klaasvoogds
P O Box 19, Klaasvoogds
Robertson
Other (Non USA)
6707
T.: +27236151505
F.: +27236151336

 

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The Van Loveren Vineyards has been in our family since 1937 when Hennie Retief sr. bought some land in the Robertson area. Previously the property was part of a larger farm known as Goudmyn (in English “Gold Mine” due to the large sum paid for the original farm.


Later this farm was sub-divided and Hennie started farming on Goudmyn F.  Hennie’s wife, Jean (her maiden name was Van Zyl), didn’t quite like the name. It reminded her of “fools and failures” and she subsequently convinced Hennie to rename the farm. At first they contemplated calling it Roche Rouge, after the impressive red ridge of the Elandsberg Mountain that formed a backdrop to their home. Jean, a traditionalist, however convinced Hennie to name the farm after Christina van Loveren – an ancestor whose bridal chest was passed down for generations. Christina was married to the first Van Zyl to arrive in South Africa in 1692.
Hennie sr. made his first wine (a red muscadel) in 1939 and more vineyards were planted, more wine was made and a new cellar was built in 1963 when his sons, Nico and Wynand, grew older.  Back then the wine was all sold in bulk and it was only in 1980 that the first bottled Van Loveren wine was launched, 500 cases of Premium Grand Cru.   


From the mid 1990’s Nico and Wynand’s four sons joined the farm one after the other as they completed their studies. Today our four cousins are the driving force behind the company. Hennie and Neil are viticulturists, Bussell the winemaker and Phillip looks after the business-side of things.  With the Van Loveren brand entrenched, they introduced the well-priced Four Cousins range of wines in 2000. Released in 1,5l bottles, it hit the market with a big bang and today is South Africa’s biggest selling bottled brand.


Also, Van Loveren is South Africa’s biggest family-owned winery.