The Retief family at Van Loveren in the Robertson Wine Valley—on the road to Bonnievale—are major movers and shakers in the area.
Words by Greg Landman
The four cousins of the eponymous wine range and their fathers have put down deep roots in the valley and not only that make some great wines—very user friendly.
In addition to the Four Cousins range, there is the excellent—and good value—range called Tangled Tree, just the thing to carry around in their PET bottles. Top of the class is the Christina range with two very good reds, two whites, a bubbly and a delicious Late Harvest.
The Van Loveren range is vast with something for everyone, and the Tangled Tree has five great quaffers, my favourite being the Chardonnay—all at R38 at the cellar, a bargain for everyday drinkers.
One of their most popular wines, Papillon, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion the company is zhooshing up the packaging and extending the range which is named after the famous butterflies at the lush green gardens at Van Loveren.
They even have an alcohol free version—very popular with those who want fun and still need to drive. These bubblies are just the thing when you want to knock back a bottle or two poolside or in the garden.
The range includes sweet to dry versions and if you like it with a blush there is one just right for the occasion. They are all priced very well and should go on making friends for a long time.