Wine Gems – Luddite & Blake’s 16 Mile Beach


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Always a favourite in our stores we would have loved to feature a full range of Luddite wines but, alas, they sell out quickly. Since the new vintages of the Luddite reds are being launched this month we thought we would take our chance.


Niels and Penny met at a friend’s 21st birthday party in 1985, where they discovered that they were both going to be attending Elsenburg Agricultural College in the new year. They became close friends at college, and romance blossomed late one night cramming for exams. He passed, she failed, but they’re still together. On finishing their studies, a desire to make wine but with no access to vineyards (these were the dark days in South Africa), Penny and Niels left the country in 1989.


1995 saw the Verburg family return to South Africa from Europe. Niels had worked as a flying winemaker in France, Chili, New Zealand and Australia, and even managed to make wine in Greece. A longing to work on a small farm led them to Bot River. After 8 vintages at Beaumont, they moved up the hill to a 16 hectare patch of land.

Thirty years later, with three kids and six dogs, the Verburgs are happy on their hill, and Luddite wines has evolved into an established and respected brand.


Click here to order Saboteur Red R1 638

Click here to order Shiraz R4 524


Blake’s 16 Mile Beach

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Blake Family Wines is a boutique winery in the scenic Yzerfontein, alongside the Cape West Coast. Owners Andries & Marinda Blake have a commitment to quality and are passionate about crafting exceptional wines.


The Swartland terroir has proven to be ideal for the cultivation of bush vine vineyards and for crafting exceptional wines.


The 16 Mile Beach range is named after the 16 Mile Beach in Yzerfontein which is the longest uninterrupted stretch of beach in South Africa.


Click here to order Swemgat White R432

Click here to order Rooipan Rose R432

Click here to order Blomtuin Red R510


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