WINE FARMS & BEVERAGES 

ABC of Wines does distribution within Gauteng for the following companies:

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IDIOM

Idiom is an award-winning range of wines from the Bottega family’s vineyards, located in the southernmost part of the Stellenbosch wine region. The site is coastal and overlooks False Bay. Nestling at the foot of majestic granite mountains, the slopes vary in height from 200 to 350 meters above sea level and have aspects which face north, west, and south. The terroir contains decomposed granite, which is relatively shallow and stony in patches, with a clay base. The property is 150 hectares with 35 under vine. 

Idiom is renowned for its cult-followed, iconic regional blends that have garnered local and international acclaim having secured their position as some of the best expressions of regional blends from the Cape. Idiom also produces small-batch, single cultivar renditions of Italian and Mediterranean grape varietals, all uniquely expressed in a Cape idiom. Idiom’s contemporary dining restaurant, conceptualized by Alberto and Roberto Bottega, mirrors South Africa’s unique positioning in the world of wine, fusing Old World classically-styled Roman arches and stone-clad porticos and supporting a contemporary New World timber pavilion and concrete wine tasting cube. The majestic granite mountains, proximity to the cool Atlantic Ocean, and windswept, low-yielding vineyards define the terroir and the wines that are available at Idiom. 

WHALEHAVEN

Whalehaven Wines is the third oldest wine producer in the Hemel-en-Aarde region and is recognised for its exceptional, consistent quality that has seen it cellared by discerning private collectors and served at some of the top restaurants. The age-worthy wines are hand-crafted to celebrate each harvest and to reflect the particular nuances of each varietal. The winery based near the coastal town of Hermanus, known for sheltering breeding whales, has been wholly owned by the Bottega Family since 2003. Winemaker, Reino Thiart, has been with Bottega Family Wine from early two decades, creating one of the broadest spectrums of wines in the valley. Whalehaven Winery has a strong reputation for crafting a classic range of wines largely made from French single varietals, particularly a world-class Merlot, as well as a popular Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc.

Whalehaven has earned a strong reputation for its highly-awarded French-styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, creating wines that evokes the elegance and reserve of fine French Burgundies in South Africa. These classic Burgundian varietals are icons of the Hermanus region and a long-standing tradition within the Whalehaven portfolio. Conservation Coast is focused on small batch production of cool climate terroir-driven wines from the Upper Hemel- en-Aarde Valley. The area ‘Conservation Coast’ celebrates the stretch of pristine Cape South Coast from False Bay to Cape Agulhas, where a number of coastal and offshore conservancy areas offer sanctuary to indigenous fynbos flora and visiting marine life. 

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LOTHIAN VINEYARDS

In its opulent setting on the banks of the Palmiet River and a private lake in the Elgin Valley, Lothian Vineyards shines in a class of its own. Years of searching for the perfect location finally revealed Elgin’s cool-climate terroir as an elegant setting for growing grapes to produce exceptional Burgundian-style Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Rosé varietals. The Wilson family’s non-interventionist artisanal wine-making technique flows into the feel of Lothian House: a feat of modern architecture, designed with sensitivity towards the environment. Lothian estate is distinguished by nature, positioned in the Kogelberg Biosphere, which possesses 1654 plant species found nowhere else on earth.

Lothian’s dedication to excellence is reflected in their choice of winemaker, world-renowned Master of Wine, Richard Kershaw, that has seen both their Vineyard Selection Pinot Noir and Vineyard Selection Chardonnay garner numerous awards and be lauded as some of the top Burgundian expressions from Elgin in the Cape. 

ONEIRIC

Oneiric, borrowed from Greek terminology and roughly translated as 'dream' is exactly that - a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the cool-climate Elgin Valley. This family-owned boutique wine estate has been in ownership of the Pascall family since 2007. Recognising that the already established vineyards were producing top-quality fruit, Matt Pascall enlisted the help of Jean Smit (Boekenhoudskloof) to produce Oneiric's premiere vintage in 2009.  Its release in late 2012 catapulted Oneiric onto the world stage of wine.

The Pascall's are involved with Copper mining and so decided to play on a copper theme with their labels playing on the different colour derivatives found in copper.

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COPPER LINING

Shan Pascall, the face of Oneiric, observed a growing world trend towards quality rosés and noted this was something South Africa was not paying close enough attention to, so in 2015 she set her sights on creating her debut wine, a rosé, from the grapes available to her at Oneiric.  Stepping out from the shadows of Oneiric, having designed and conceptualised a bottle (you don't want to throw out) she enlisted the help of Helgard van Schalkwyk (Lynx) and Mark Wallace to work on a 100 % Merlot Cote de Provence dry style rosé. In late 2018 her maiden vintage then sold under Oneiric was released and sold out to rave reviews.  And just like that, a star was born.  99% of the wines are sold direct to the consumer, with only 1% offered to some of the world's top hand-selected establishments.

“Oneiric wines is the Shangri-La of Elgin. 360-degree views and a Sauvignon Blanc and Cab you would swop your children for.”

MOSI WINES

Mosi is a local name for Victoria Falls. The red wine is named as a tribute to Zimbabwean winemaker Joseph Dlafana’s father who passed away in 2004, grapes for the Favian Syrah were sourced from a single 20 years old trellised block grown on shale-rich soils in Riebeck- Kasteel. The Chenin Blanc is named after Joseph’s son Tinashe. Joseph was team Captain of the Zimbabwe sommeliers, to be featured in the documentary film “Blind Ambition”. Joseph is also known as the sommelier of La Colombe restaurant in Constantia. He is producing an excellent Gin where the botanicals come from several different countries. Juniper berries from Italy, Bark from Zimbabwe and spices/herbs from South Africa.

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TUGELA RIVER WINES

Koen Roose, Director, and Winemaker of Spioenkop wines in Elgin took the decision to create a second label from the premium wines in Elgin.

The wines are made at Spioenkop but sold under the Tugela River label.

Tugela River is the largest river in Kwa Zulu Natal province. Spioenkop’s name comes from the hill in Elgin and is also related to the famous Anglo- Boer battle in 1900 which took place in the Natal province. The hill is mostly surrounded by the Tugela River. Koen is using all these facts to call his wines: Spioenkop range is the best range, followed by the 1900 range. The second range is called Tugela River. One Chardonnay and one Pinot Noir in the range.

He also calls some vineyards under the famous people which took part in the battle, General Louis Botha, the main officer at the battle for the Boer, Mahatma Gandhi, founder of the Natal Indian Ambulance Corps and Winston Churchill, journalist/ information indicator to the British troops.

DRAYMAN'S BREWERY AND DISTILLERY

Mr Kallmeyer opened the Drayman’s Brewery and Distillery in 1997 in Silverton, Pretoria. He is a Master Brewer, a passionate distiller, and a keen beekeeper. The company managed to keep going even with the strong beer competition market. It specialises in Draft Beer, from dumpies, litre bottles up to 50 litres drums. In spirits, a lovely honey whisky and a South African single malt called Highveld. 100% raw Honey and Ethiopian coffee beans are also available.

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DOUBLE SHOT

Our mission is to bring excitement back into coffee. We believe that coffee is a small luxury that should be enjoyable, unpretentious but also uncompromising. By sourcing high-scoring, fresh crops and roasting them with some brain/tech’ and tongue power we try to reach that goal.