Sijnn Winery Opening Celebration

On Saturday 26 April 2014, two long-time customers, Jonathan Westaway and David Eagle and their families arrived at the winery to the happy realisation that they were our first official visitors on our first day of being open to the public. A steady stream of curious visitors followed, despite the miserable weather and we were hopping around trying to look after everyone.






Rita had a tough act to follow on Friday, but rose to the occasion with aplomb with the following menu:

One of the highlights for us, was the way our staff, who live on the estate and with no real catering experience, handled the pressure in the kitchen. Thanks in particular to Magrieta and Elisabeth, who will be helping with our regular Saturday tastings.

The evenings were punctuated by a celebratory glass of Champagne, Egly-Ouriet Brut Ambonnay Grand Cru 2002, which Simon Farr had brought with from England. The wine, he felt, being in keeping with the handcrafted, naturally made, thoughtful approach of our Sijnn wines – although, of course, completely different to anything we produce.

Sunday was really dedicated to our Renosterveld initiative with guided walks by Dr Odette Curtis of the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust on our newly constructed Renosterveld Trails on the estate. We’ve committed to preserving approx. 40ha of pristine Renosterveld as well as trying to rehabilitate a large area of previously ploughed lands. Renosterveld is one of the most diverse and critically endangered plant biomes in the world with less than 6% of the original areas remaining (mainly due to grain farming). 

For all who could not attend, we hope you brave the gravel roads to Malgas soon – we’re open every Saturday 10.00am to 3.00pm. We’ll also keep you posted on the few exciting events we plan during the course of the year.

: We’ve just installed our solar panels, which on an average sunny day, will be able to provide all our power needs for the farm and winery. Thanks to Quentin Hurt who has been driving all our eco-friendly initiatives.

About Kinnegar

Kinnegar Wines was born almost by accident and been growing organically since.

In 1998, I was in the midde of a two year diploma course with the London Wine & Spirits Trust when an opportunity came up to visit South Africa's Western Cape. Naturally, I was keen to avail of the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and winemaking in South Africa.

We had an excellent guide who brought us to a number of the Cape's leading estates including Thelema and De Trafford where we had in depth vineyard and cellars tours. At the end of the day, I wanted to take back some of the wonderful wines we had tasted for our own use. It was not possible to take two or three cases of wine with us on our flight and shipping such a small quantity was more than the cost of wines. So I had the mad idea of shipping a pallet! Clearly, I had to start selling these wines and so began Kinnegar Wines. Ashford Castle took many of the wines and continue to list them and newer arrivals ever since.

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