Van Loveren Family Vineyards has acquired the premier Zandvliet wine brand from ANB Investments, which will continue to focus its resources on its own successful core citrus farming operations.
ANB Investments is the owner of the ClemenGold trademark and purchased the Zandvliet estate in 2015 to expand its citrus enterprise in the Western Cape. While many poor-bearing vineyards on the property were replaced with citrus, the company continued to invest in and grow the brand. It established the Kalkveld Lounge tasting room and new vineyards, whilst also significantly increasing the hospitality offering on the farm.
During this period, the team under winemaker Jacques Cilliers also revived Zandvliet to its former glory by producing premium, award-winning Shiraz wines.
Under the new agreement, the flagship Kalkveld Shiraz, Hill of Enon Small Berry Pick range, Zandvliet Estate Shiraz, Zandvliet Muscat and My Best Friend range of wines join Van Loveren’s portfolio.
“Van Loveren has a high regard for Zandvliet and what it stands for, especially as the acknowledged pioneer of Shiraz within the Robertson Wine Valley,” says Van Loveren Family Vineyards MD Phillip Retief. “Acquiring the Zandvliet brand is part of Van Loveren’s long-term growth strategy and is an exciting addition to our core portfolio. We shall respect its heritage and endeavour to build on its legacy.”
“The Zandvliet winery facility also leads to additional capacity for our recently launched red wine expansion initiative earlier in 2019.
In addition to the transferral of the Zandvliet brand to the Van Loveren offering, Jacques Cilliers and his cellar staff join Van Loveren. Van Loveren will rent the Zandvliet winery facilities to continue producing Zandvliet wines exactly as before. There will still be the opportunity for visitors to enjoy a full wine experience on Zandvliet Estate. The Zandvliet vineyards will continue to be managed and farmed by the current owners and Van Loveren will acquire these grapes from them annually.