First grapes harvested, Chardonnay 11th Feb, Sauvignon Blanc 22nd Feb.

Our first ever grapes have been harvested. Chardonnay came off on the 11th of February 2010 and Riana, our winemaker, reports that the quality is first class. Today, Monday the 22nd, and our Sauvignon Blanc is being harvested in ideal conditions. Again the quality is said to be excellent. The ball, Riana, is now in your court  and we  will see the results when we bottle in June / July.

Early morning harvest for our Chardonnay

First wines to be made at Iona Vineyards

John Seccombe with Vaughan and Tim

John Seccombe with Vaughan and Tim

Seven Springs announced today that it will be making it’s first wines at the award winning Iona Vineyards in Elgin (http://iona.co.za). Before we build a winery we needed somewhere to make our first vintage in 2010 so had to find somewhere to make our debut wines. Iona Vineyards was our first choice and Andrew Gunn, owner of Iona, and John Seccombe, Iona’s winemaker, agreed to allow us to make our wines at this first class winery. Our winemaker, Riana, is looking forward to working with Andrew and John as their expertise will prove invaluable to enable us to produce excellent wines.

Seven Springs appoints winemaker (10/01/2010)

Seven Springs is pleased to announce the appointment of Riana van der Merwe as winemaker. Riana comes highly recommended to us by friends Guillaume Nell, winemaker at Backsberg Cellar Estate (http://www.backsberg.co.za) and Corina du Toit, Sales and Marketing Manager at Eikendal Vineyards in Stellenbosch (http://www.eikendal.com). Riana will be responsible for making our first wines and we are confident she will respond to the challenge, she has our full support.

25 year old Riana said ” This is a fantastic opportunity for me to be able to work with Tim and Vaughan and to be able to make their dreams come true. I am proud to be associated with such positive people and I will do my level best to ensure we make some of South Africa’s best wines as the potential is definitely here”