L’Avenir lives: Elmarie Swarts

L’Avenir lives: Elmarie Swarts If you page through the guest book at the L’Avenir Country Lodge, a definite recurring message is the friendliness of Elmarie Swart. First impressions last and the warm welcome that guests receive from Elmarie has touched many – to the extent that they become regulars and [...]

L’Avenir lives: Madelyn Lambrechts

L’Avenir lives: Madelyn Lambrechts With a warm and welcoming smile and infectious laugh, Madelyn Lambrechts is an invaluable part of L’Avenir’s hospitality team and cellardoor experience. True to L’Avenir’s heritage and specialisation, she absolutely adores Pinotage, which is totally reflected in her brilliant ability to sell our Single Block flagship. [...]

L’Avenir Lives: Leigh Diedericks

L’Avenir Lives: Leigh Diedericks From a maintenance man to the main man. That is the inspiring story of L’Avenir’s farm manager and community leader, Leigh Diedericks. Our L’Avenir Hands-on Garden is a tangible example of Leigh’s leadership and legacy at L’Avenir. Curiosity has been the golden thread in Leigh’s career [...]

A toast to the past and present of Chenin

A toast to the past and present of Chenin Let us rise… There is something magical about drinking a wine in the vineyard that produced the grapes that it was made from. L’Avenir’s Single Block Chenin Blanc vineyard – affectionately known as “the Old Lady” – particularly has a special [...]

L’Avenir community a priority during Covid-19 lockdown

L’Avenir community a priority during Covid-19 lockdown L’Avenir has partnered with Pebbles Project to ensure that its people are safe, healthy and nourished during this uncertain time. The L’Avenir farm worker community is receiving special meal parcels during the South African Covid-19 lockdown. The food parcels are delivered by Pebbles [...]

L’Avenir Lockdown diaries. Day 22: Biting the hand that keeps your glass full

L’Avenir Lockdown diaries. Day 22: Biting the hand that keeps your glass full In what will be remembered as a notorious own goal, the South African government has again halted wine exports. With great disbelief, the wine industry received the news that restrictions on wine have been tightened, through a [...]

Sports gear for L’Avenir’s sport stars of the future

Sports gear for L’Avenir’s sport stars of the future The learners at L’Avenir’s Pebbles Afterschool Care Centre recently received sporting gear that was donated by Sanzaar rugby referees and supporters of the L’Avenir Sports Development Initiative, at a pre-season Sanzaar event. L’Avenir Wine Estate partnered with Sanzaar and Mitsubishi South [...]

L’Avenir Lockdown Diaries – Day 7

L’Avenir Lockdown Diaries - Day 7 The seven-year itch is a psychological term that suggests that happiness in a relationship declines after around year seven of a marriage. On the 7th day of lockdown, I am getting the sense that the novelty is starting to wear off and that boredom and frustration are settling in. [...]

L’Avenir Lockdown Diaries – Day 4

L'Avenir Lockdown Diaries - Day 4 Lockdown. It’s a hard and scary word. The national lockdown, announced by President Ramaphosa last week, was widely praised as a brave and noble decision, but has nonetheless pushed South African families, businesses and industries into unchartered waters. From a wine industry perspective, exports [...]

Pandemic and Pinotage – Corona diaries in the cellar

Pandemic and Pinotage - Corona diaries in the cellar Just when we thought four consecutive years of drought was rough … A behemoth of a challenge has confronted the wine industry. The coronavirus has rocked the world and no region, sector or grouping will be spared of its direct or [...]