Van Loveren Family Vineyards, the renowned winery in the Robertson Wine Valley, has re-vitalised its flagship range of family reserve, single vineyard wines. Named Christina, the limited release wines are adorned with new packaging that gives even greater prominence to the heritage of the farm and its tradition of winemaking excellence.
Comprising the best wines from hand-picked fruit of the vineyards, the portfolio is named after family matriarch Christina van Loveren who arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1699. All the wines in the range are made from single block vineyards and released in numbered bottles.
The Van Loveren vineyards have been in the Retief family since 1937 when Hennie Retief Sr bought land in the Robertson area and renamed the farm in tribute to the family line. Christina van Loveren is remembered as a remarkable woman who married the first Van Zyl – the maiden surname of Hennie Sr’s wife, Jean – to arrive in South Africa. The enterprise thrived and today Van Loveren is known for some of the country’s most recognisable wines, including its own eponymous brand and Tangled Tree.
Van Loveren’s progress is grounded in an acute awareness of heritage. Christina’s bridal chest, handed down for generations and on the farm to this day, serves as one of the important reminders. The wines themselves are part of Van Loveren’s premium Heritage Collection.
They include recent medal winners at Veritas Awards and Michelangelo International Wine Awards, and the Platter’s South African Wine Guide’s top achievers. The non-vintage Christina Méthode Cap Classique recently earned four stars from the tasters of Wineland magazine as well as a medal at the Amorim Cork MCC Challenge.
Now, a new era begins. Elegant new packaging for Christina reflects this award-winning reputation and the skill and experience brought to bear in the vineyards and cellar, in their creation. The vinification of Christina wines takes place in a boutique cellar within the greater Van Loveren winery, allowing the winemakers to focus their attention on small components of exquisite quality.
The labels, a luxurious silvery grey colour tone, display a cameo of Christina and the promise that each wine represents “A celebration of ancestry”.
Van Loveren has become a household name thanks to the widespread availability, diversity and quality of its wines, liqueurs, sparkling wines and spirits. The Retief family has also become known for its strong values, respect for heritage and innovation.
Situated along the Breede River near Robertson, Van Loveren is a favourite, family-friendly destination whose attractions include a special garden that commemorates various prominent occasions and people in South Africa’s modern history.
In addition to the MCC, the Christina range includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Noble Late Harvest. The wines are available at Makro and other leading fine wine stores. For more information, call (023) 615 1505; send email to firstname.lastname@example.org; find Van Loveren on facebook and Twitter (@vanloverenwines); or, visit www.vanloveren.co.za.