Melissa’s mother always encouraged her to be uncompromising and expansive in her vision. Initially, Melissa had her sights set on taking to the skies but was unsure how to pursue this dream. Following an inspiring chat with her mother, she decided to become a pilot. These days, while not averse to flying, Melissa prefers to keep her feet firmly on the ground ( favouring the countryside! ) Melissa tells us; It was from this encouragement to think big that Genevieve was created. If I live to enjoy it, why not make it?
The search for the perfect terroir and quality grapes led Melissa to Bot River, and there she discovered a beautiful pocket of Chardonnay, located in the Van der Stel Pass. Determined from the outset to make a sparkling wine of unsurpassed quality, and to continue to do so each year, Melissa’s original vision soon became a well-received reality. The first vintage produced in 2008 and released in 2010. After a very successful year, Melissa decided to double production and make this her business.
100% Shiraz Bot River, Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa. 6500 Bottles