In the next few years we want to import this collection to France to organise blind wine tastings: South Africa versus France. (Inspired by the movie Bottle Shock)

La Cave Du Bon Vivant SA Wine Menu.

 Wilderness

Cederberg South Africa’s most uniquely situated wine farm falls within the pristine environs of the Cederberg Wilderness Area, which lies in the Cape Floral Kingdom. Here, among spectacular rock formations and fynbos, you will find the highest altitude vineyards in the Cape.

Tulbagh

Saronsberg In the Saronsberg range, our philosophy finds expression in bold wines with powerful fruit components integrated with well-structured tannins. Sourced from the mid-valley region of the farm, the grapes that form the foundation for Saronsberg wines typically offer exceptional flavour and colour concentration. This allows for gentle vinification that maximises the Saronsberg range’s hallmark colour and flavour, without any of the harsh tannins normally associated with over-extraction.

Swartland

Allesverloren Allesverloren is the oldest estate along the Swartland wine route and its history dates back to the 17th Century. It was passed into the hands of the Malan family in 1872 and the fifth generation Malan; Danie Malan is now the estate’s current winemaker and owner. 

Darling

Groote Post Third and fourth generation dairymen, Peter and Nick Pentz are hoping that like cream, their Groote Post wines will come out on top. And, if the first accolade for their maiden release is anything to go by, they are well on their way. WINE magazine, in reviewing the 1999 Sauvignon Blanc vintage in their November issue, called it a vintage from hell and only picked out four 4-star wines. Notable, the two top Sauvignon Blancs, Neil Ellis Groenekloof and Groote Post, came from adjoining vineyards on the cool sea- and south-facing Kapokberg in the Darling Hills on the Cape West Coast, an area fast growing in stature as a wine growing area.

Paardeberg

Vondeling This working wine farm has a tranquil atmosphere with panoramic mountain and vineyard views, and scenic hikes with Table Bay and Mountain visible in the distance. This area is rich in indigenous fynbos and four species unique to the Paardeberg mountain. The farm, which trades as Vondeling Wines, is owned by Julian Johnsen, Anthony Ward, and Richard Gower.

Wellington

Diemersfontein Since the early 1940’s Diemersfontein has been owned by the Sonnenberg family. Max Sonnenberg, the grandfather of the current owner David Sonnenberg, bought the 183 acre farm. Initially Diemersfontein was a fruit farm, David’s father planted the first grapes in the 1970’s. David built his own wine cellar in the year 2000 and started with the production of his award-winning wines. Shiraz, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Chenin Blanc and Viognier as well as small plantings of Grenache and Mourvedre are grown on the Diemersfontein Estate From the outset, Diemersfontein has won many awards – the most significant of which was the Best SA Red Wine trophy (For Carpe Diem Pinotage) at the international Wine Challenge. It is most famous for the very distinctive “coffee chocolate” Pinotage which style Diemersfontein pioneered in its first commercial vintage in 2001 

Paarl

Veenwouden Veenwouden is wholly contained within a valley, and the vineyards lie on a gentle slope, facing northeast towards the Berg River. From the Atlantic Ocean, some 60 kilometers away, cool breezes penetrate the valley to influence the local climate in an almost Mediterranean way. Good winter rainfalls of between 600-650 mm per annum, paired with comparatively long summers, with average annual temperatures generally ranging between 20-23 degrees Celsius, ensure excellent growth. The cool rich ferrous clay subsoil of Veenwouden is quite unique for this area, and fortuitously happens to be superb soil for especially the Merlot and Cabernet Franc grape. This fact, combined with the excellent micro climate found on the farm, provides an environment in which the grapes can flourish, ensuring the highest possible quality.

Landskroon Landskroon is situated along the southwestern slopes of Paarl Mountain, a mere 40 minutes from Cape Town and right in the heart of the Cape Winelands. The winemaking tradition at Landskroon dates back to the 17th century when the French Huguenot settlers came to the Cape. Among the newcomers was Jacques de Villiers, a wine maker from Niort in France. In 1874 his great-grandson, Paul, bought a portion of the original Landskroon farm that had been granted to a free burger by Governor Simon van der Stel in 1692. Today Landskroon comprises more than 200 hectares and is managed as a private, family operation and owned by the families of brothers Paul and Hugo de Villiers. Five members of the family are involved in the running of the farm on a full-time basis. The current wine maker, Paul de Villiers, is the fifth generation to carry on this proud tradition at Landskroon.

Glen Carlou A warm welcome to Glen Carlou, situated in the heart of South Africa’s scenic Paarl Valley. The warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters of this area combine with an exciting variety of slopes and the riches of our soils to create unique winegrowing conditions. Glen Carlou was established in 1985 and since 2003 has been successfully owned and run by Hess Family Estates. To harness our farm’s vast winegrowing potential, our vines are meticulously selected in terms of rootstock and clone, while every variety is carefully chosen for its compatibility to the terroir. Yields are kept rigorously low, ensuring that nature’s gifts are distilled in the flavourful grapes that we harvest. And in the cellar our winemaker Arco Laarman and his team join forces with nature to create three distinctive wine ranges

Backsberg Family Reserve Only produced in exceptional vintages from the very best vineyard blocks, no effort is spared to create these fine wines of true personality and distinction. The Family Reserve wines reflect the very best Backsberg has to offer.

Marianne Wines The French have been growing grapes and producing wine in the Western Cape since 1688 – When the Huguenots fled religious persecution in Louis XIV’s France. Marianne Wine Estate represents a 21st Century enterprise to produce French-style wines that honour both the South African terroir, and the 2000-year-old heritage of Bordeaux winemaking.Marianne is a young, vital woman, a fictional character who personifies the French Republic and its ideals: Liberty, Brotherhood, and Equality. She is the face on European Union Euro coins, French postage stamps, and New York City’s Statue of Liberty. Marie-Anne was a very popular female first name in France in the late 18th century. The first record use of the name “Marianne” to describe the French Republic comes from 1792. Originally, depictions of Marianne were crafted to conceal the features of any one recognizable model. For the last 50 years, however, the French government has enlisted a succession of celebrities to lend their faces to this personification of the French Republic. Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, and Laetitia Casta have each appeared, cast in stone, in Town Halls throughout France. Marianne Wine Estate is a boutique winery, with a limited production of between 80 000 and 100 000 bottles per vintage. A minimum of three years passes from the time the grapes are harvested to any vintage’s initial availability. Marianne’s red wines exist within a contemporary space that many consider a shift away from winemaking of old, with Michel Rolland’s global influence regarded as a contributing factor. Marianne Wine Estate red wines are bold and fruit-forward, with well-integrated, softer tannins. Part of the reason for this flavour profile, is the acknowledgement that consumers are demanding Bordeaux blends that are worthy of attention younger than was typical in previous generations. Marianne Wine Estate presents rich, nuanced food wines with exemplary aging potential, making them suitable for wine collectors. The wines are also prepared to display full fruit and tightly integrated tannins upon a vintage’s initial release. This careful balance ensures a fantastic drinking experience immediately, and a wine that will improve with age in the bottle for at least the next ten years.

Babylonstoren The Babylonstoren logo, which consists of the pipe, representing the farm, the flower, representing the garden and the bird, representing nature, combines the very essence of Babylonstoren and that is keeping things simple and as true to the earth as possible. This is exactly what we aim to achieve in our wines – truth and simplicity. True to the area we are situated in, the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, and simplicity, by making it as natural as possible.

Mont Destin Mont Destin is our inspirational, family-run boutique wine farm situated on the world renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route in the winelands of the Western Cape. After falling in love in 1995 and searching for a home, we discovered this magical piece of land with beautiful views of the Table Mountain. So we named it our “Mountain of Destiny”. We passionately handcraft small quantities of highly acclaimed exclusive and elegant wines. We specialize in Shiraz and Rhone inspired red blends. The Destiny Shiraz Limited Editions are a world first combining diamonds and gold coins with wine, which make these wine gift boxes some of the most valuable and sought after in the world. 

Franschhoek

Rupert & Rotschild The Rupert & Rothschild partnership was formed in 1997 by the late Dr Anton Rupert of South Africa and the late Baron Edmond de Rothschild of France. Their vision and guiding principles were carried forward by their sons, the late Anthonij Rupert and Baron Benjamin de Rothschild. Today the Rupert family and Baron Benjamin de Rothschild share this prestigious partnership in wine production.

Plaisir de Merle Plaisir de Merle is a historic farm in the Groot Drakenstein area between Paarl and Franschhoek. What started off as a mere promise of a new life some 300 years ago has now become a showpiece wine estate. Plaisir de Merle has established a distinctiveness that is about wine of origin, terroir and craftsmanship. With Plaisir de Merle being one of the largest wine farms in the area – over 900 hectares, the viticulturists are able to select ideal locations for siting vineyards appropriate to each cultivar.

Anthonij Rupert Anthonij Rupert Wyne was founded on the farm, L’Ormarins in Franschhoek. Originally owned by the late Anthonij Rupert, who passed away in 2001, the farm was eventually taken over by his brother Johann Rupert in 2003 and the brand named after him. It was Johann Rupert who constructed a state-of-the-art winemaking facility, catapulting the farm into a prestigious wine estate and the beginnings of what is now a sprawling enterprise. The focus is on terroir specific wines and therefore it would seem obvious that the brand is made up of an impressive portfolio of farms representing the best in grape producing locations. The portfolio is made up of L’Ormarins situated in Franschhoek, Rooderust in Darling, Riebeeksrivier in the Swartland and Altima in isolated Elandskloof. Individually each site offers optimum varietal specific growing conditions, allowing Anthonij Rupert Wyne to adhere to the requirements of their different brands. 

Graham Beck In the vineyards we continuously strive to follow the optimal practices to ensure total balance, as far as possible avoiding additional stress factors and ensuring by all means possible that we harvest at optimal ripeness – a task made easier with the wonders of modern technology at our disposal. Once in the cellar the grapes are coaxed into displaying their authentic essence through minimal interference, gentle extraction and judicious use of oaking. Each wine is made with the intention of creating a symbol of fresh, concentrated fruit expression with a succulent, soft tannin structure. It is our hope that in each and every glass of Graham Beck wine you will savour our intense commitment to creating world class wines of unparalleled distinction and inimitable character. It brings us joy to give you pleasure.

La Motte La Motte was acquired in 1970 by the late Dr. Anton Rupert, an internationally respected industrialist who established a global business empire, and was held in high regard as a committed conservationist. Dr. Rupert and his art-devoted wife Huberte also played an immense role in the preservation of art. La Motte is owned by the Rupert’s daughter, Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, one of South Africa’s leading mezzo-sopranos. She is married to Hein Koegelenberg, Chief Executive Officer of La Motte Wine Estate. La Motte is one of three wine estates owned by the Rupert family. Hanneli’s brother, Johann Rupert, owns L’Ormarins, formerly owned by the younger brother, Anthonij, who tragically died in a car accident in 2001. Hanneli and Johann are in partnership with the Rothschild family of France, producing wines on the Fredericksburg farm under the Rupert & Rothschild label.

Grande Provence Grande Provence Wine Estate wears her 300-year history with dignity. She sits in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape – her lush vines spread across 30 hectares, with gentle vistas over the valley floor, at odds almost with the rugged mountains beyond. This is heartland South African wine country.

Boschendal The state-of-the-art winery uses grapes grown on the estate and those from contracted growers over whose vineyards Boschendal’s viticulturists keep careful watch to ensure that only the finest quality grapes go into the Estate’s range of over 20 wines. 

Stellenbosch

Tokara Balance, texture, elegance and the ability to age are distinctive traits of the TOKARA Premium range of wines.

Delaire Delaire Graff Estate’s unique terroir on the crest of the panoramic Helshoogte Mountain Pass is noted for its high-altitude vineyards, excellent soils and cooling sea breezes. Delaire Graff Estate aims for red wines that are big in structure with soft tannins and elegance, and white wines which capture the freshness of the harvest. With one of the most advanced cellars in the Southern Hemisphere, which became operational in 2008, in just three years the Estate can be comfortably rated as one of the top ten wine producers in South Africa. From the outset wine quality has been superb and Delaire has achieved a stellar rise. Highlights have included winning significant awards for two successive Sauvignon Blanc vintages: with the Sauvignon Blanc rated Five-Stars for the Sauvignon Blanc Challenge in 2009, and the Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc winning the prestigious Old Mutual Trophy for Best on Show in 2010. In addition, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve received the significant John Platter Five-Star rating, one of the most impressive awards a wine can ever win..

Neil Ellis Mindful that no single vineyard can satisfy the needs of all grape varieties, Neil Ellis set out to identify distinct terroir in which individual varieties will excel. He placed the emphasis not only on the environment but also on caring viticultural practises by a dedicated team of growers which extends through to the winemaking practises.

Le Riche Le Riche is a boutique winery in the Jonkershoek valley of Stellenbosch, South Africa. We focus on the production of top quality Cabernet Sauvignon’s from the Stellenbosch region. The winery was created by Etienne le Riche, a founder member of the Cape Winemakers Guild. His approach was simple, to express the nuance of Stellenbosch Cabs in the best blend possible. Looking back on the last 13 year, it is safe to say that he was successful. Our vineyards are situated throughout the Stellenbosch region. This gives us the ability to harness the variety of terroirs Stellenbosch has to offer in a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon blend.

Warwick In 1984 the first Warwick Cabernet Sauvignon called ‘La Femme Bleu’- the Blue Lady – was released. Norma had a natural talent for making great wines and in 1986 Warwick Trilogy was released, a Bordeaux style blend which has since become a flagship of the South African Wine Industry.

Kanonkop Kanonkop Estate has been described by those in the know as being the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth.

Vilafonté Vilafonté is the coming together of great wine experience from California and South Africa. An expression of pedigree. Vilafonté is the culmination of a dream. Our dream is to produce wines which stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the great wines of the world. Nothing less.

Ken Forrester Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa’s most famous wine region Stellenbosch, our vineyards are commonly referred to as the Home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years our range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades over the last 20 years and are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve These are the flagship wines in our range. The grapes for these wines are selected from exceptional quality single vineyards on the farm. Only the best new oak barrels are used for maturation and special attention is given throughout the wine making process. Family Reserve wines will be available in limited quantities and only produced in exceptional vintages.

Dornier The name Dornier can be traced back to the 13th Century in Franche-Compte, a formerly independent region in eastern France. The name Dornier describes a profession, that of a merchant of potteries. The Dornier Family can trace back its direct ancestors to the small village of Arcon in Rohne-Alpes, a few kilometers from the Swiss border.

Other wines that should be on the list

Rust & Vrede Vergelegen Morgenster Waterkloof Paul Cluver Meerlust De Toren Amani Jordan Saxenburg Ataraxia Bouchard Finlayson Hamilton Russell Hemel & Aarde Raka Wine Aaldering Clos Malverne Hartenberg Beyerskloof Simonsig Villiera Diemensdal Nitida Mulderbosch De Grendel Eagles Nest Groot Constantia Klein Constantia Buitenverwachting Steenberg Cape Point