Our family’s philosophy of grape-growing and winemaking is based on a long term uncompromising approach to producing only premium quality wine, maximizing the natural varietal fruit flavours from carefully selected quality grapes.
We have always believed in the integration of modern technology with the traditional style of winemaking. Over the last 30 years, we have worked tirelessly to provide approachable, quality and value for money South African wines of distinctive character.
Our wines embody everything that is uniquely and quite proudly South African. Our products are generous, full of flavour, fun, accessible, consistent and most importantly, enjoyable.
The Van Loveren vineyards have been in our family since 1937 when Hennie Retief Sr. bought some land in the Robertson area. Previously the property was part of a larger farm known as Goudmyn, the Afrikaans term meaning “Gold Mine” and a name that reflected the perceptions around the large sum paid for the original farm.
This property was later sub-divided and Hennie started farming on Goudmyn portion “F”. His wife, Jean (her maiden name was Van Zyl), disliked the farm’s designation and said it stood, to her mind, for “fools and failures”. As a result she persuaded her husband to rename the farm. At first they contemplated calling it Roche Rouge, after the impressive red ridge of the Elandsberg Mountain that formed a backdrop to their home. Jean, a traditionalist, however convinced Hennie to name the farm after Christina van Loveren – an ancestor whose bridal chest was passed down for generations and remains on the farm to this day. Christina was married to the first Van Zyl to arrive in South Africa in 1692.
Hennie Sr. made his first wine – a red muscadel – in 1939. More vineyards were planted; more wine was made; and, a new cellar was built in 1963 as his sons, Nico and Wynand, grew older. Back then the wine was all sold in bulk and it was only in 1980 that the first bottled Van Loveren wine – 500 cases of Premium Grand Cru – was launched.
From the mid 1990’s Nico and Wynand’s four sons joined the farm one after the other as they completed their studies. Today our four cousins are the driving force behind the company. Hennie and Neil are viticulturists, Bussell is the winemaker and Phillip looks after the business side of things. With the Van Loveren brand entrenched, they introduced the well-priced Four Cousins range of wines in 2000. Released in 1,5l bottles, it hit the market with a bang and is today South Africa’s biggest selling bottled brand.
Visitors can choose from an informal tasting at our pods, or a relaxed food & wine pairing which can be enjoyed on the deck overlooking the garden. Pairings include Chocolate and wine, Cheese and wine, Charcuterie and wine, Nougat, Nuts and wine, a Four Cousins fan pairing as well as non-alcoholic pairings for both adults and children.