WATCH: A snapshot of the non-traditional Kunjani Wines

2019-06-06 12:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Two cultures. One passion for wine.

This is the story of how Kunjani Wines came to be. A travelling South African and a German entrepreneur hailing from a family of Rheingau winemakers met abroad, fell in love and decided to create their own slice of heaven in the Bottelary Hills of Stellenbosch.

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African artwork

One of the artworks at the tasting room. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

A boutique winery, it relaunched its label design last week to be more in line with their African chic tasting room - a red carnival standing out amongst the green of a tiny vineyard. It even made it onto Architectural Digest's list of “Top 19 Best Vineyard Designs Around the World”!

“We believe wine is a universal language,” explains Pia Watermeyer, one-half of the duo. “Nothing builds a relationship, and keeps friendships going, like sharing a bottle of fine wine and excellent food. And we offer both here at Kunjani.”

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Chef Lamek Mnisi, Pia Watermeyer and other half Paul Barth. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

Their flagship wine is Shiraz, while others in the range include Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (my favourite) and Chenin Blanc. In their restaurant, only seasonal ingredients, fresh produce and healthy food options are on the menu, an extension of their sustainable practices.

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Chakalake rack of lamb. (Photo: Kunjani Wines)

Kunjani’s accommodation consists of four private, self-catering villas – Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet and Stolen Chicken. Shiraz and Stolen Chicken can sleep up to four people, while Merlot and Cabernet each accommodate two guests.

The villas are conveniently close to Stellenbosch and Cape Town and surrounded by vineyards. They are fully equipped and include luxuries such as washers and dryers, coffee machines, wall-panel heating, air-conditioning, smart TVs, complimentary WiFi and private, shaded verandas with braai facilities.

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The Stolen Chicken Villa. (Photo: Kunjani Wines)

So if you're looking for something a little off the winelands beaten track and different to the usual vintage wine tasting experience, take a detour to Kunjani Wines.

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