The Verburg family: viticulturist Penny, Cape Winemakers Guild member and winemaker Niels, built their little farm on the Van der Stel Pass overlooking the town of Bot River. Luddite Wines, specializing in shiraz and chenin have developed a product identity that expresses its origins without modern interventions. Niels and Penny met at a friend’s 21st birthday party in 1985, where they discovered that they were both going to be attending Elsenburg Agricultural College in the new year. They became close friends at college, and romance blossomed late one night cramming for exams. After travelling and working overseas the Verburg family returned to South Africa in 1995 with a longing to work on their own small farm. Thirty years later, with three kids and six dogs, the Verburgs are happy on their hill, and Luddite wines has evolved into an established and respected brand.
Blend: 61% Shiraz, 15% Grenache Noir, 13% Mourvédre and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon