22 December 2014 08:22

US Wine Label buys SA Vineyard

Banhoek Valley, Stellenbosch Banhoek Valley, Stellenbosch

Jackson Family Wines has bought a 20 acre vineyard in Stellenbosch's fertile Banhoek Valley, marking the California-based company's expansion into SA.

Barbara Banke, the chairperson and owner of Jackson Family Wines, has reportedly been looking for an investment opportunity in South Africa for some time and is happy to have found one in Fijnbosch Farm. In a statement to Wine Spectator, the company's spokeperson said that Barbara "believes that this is one of the top areas [in the world] for Chardonnay" and that Jackson Family Wines is nearly set to release its first 1000 cases, made from the farm's 2013 vintage.

Rosa Kruger, the viticulturist for the past 10 years, has teamed up with Jackson's winemaker, Graham Weerts, to take Fijnbosch Farm's wine production forward.

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