Wine Gems Special Edition Luddite


Niels Verburg is a visionary winemaker whose passion for crafting exceptional wines has propelled him to the forefront of South Africa’s wine industry. As the founder and driving force behind Luddite Wines, Niels has dedicated himself to producing wines of outstanding quality and character.

Niels’ journey into winemaking began with humble roots. He honed his craft through extensive experience as a flying winemaker, traversing the globe to work in renowned wine regions such as France, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, and Greece. This diverse exposure provided him with invaluable insights and techniques that he would later apply to his own winemaking endeavors.

In 1995, Niels returned to South Africa with a wealth of knowledge and a fervent desire to create wines that would reflect the unique terroir of the Bot River region. Together with his wife Penny, he embarked on a quest to establish Luddite Wines on a small farm in Bot River. Despite the challenges they faced Niels and Penny persevered with unwavering determination.

At Luddite Wines, Niels emphasizes a hands-on approach to winemaking, meticulously tending to every aspect of the process from vineyard to bottle. He believes in allowing the natural expression of the grapes to shine through, crafting wines that are bold, expressive, and full of personality.

Over the years, Luddite Wines has garnered acclaim for its distinctive offerings, particularly its robust red wines that showcase the rich character of the Bot River terroir. Niels’ dedication to quality and authenticity has earned Luddite Wines a loyal following of enthusiasts who appreciate the artistry and integrity behind each bottle.

Today, Niels Verburg stands as a respected figure in the South African wine community, admired for his pioneering spirit and unwavering commitment to excellence. With each vintage, he continues to push the boundaries of winemaking, reaffirming Luddite Wines’ status as a beacon of innovation and quality in the world of South African wine.

As usual these wines are extremely limited. Do not hesitate to get your case today!

Click here to order Saboteur White, R1 170
Click here to order Saboteur Red, R1 638
Click here to order Shiraz, R6 006
Please contact us at or for availability of the Luddite Chenin Blanc
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