The Valley of the Huguenots is one of the premier wine destinations in the world. It is here that the Maison Estate produces wines that are nature’s product, honed with skill, care and respect. Each vine is nurtured, each grape hand selected to give it that personal touch that is always home, always Maison.
“While travelling is my passion, the comforting memory of a meal, of intimate moments shared with good friends over good wine, always draws me home.” This is Chris Weylandt’s inspiration behind the name Maison – the French word for house.
After finishing his studies in 2003, Antwan Bondesio has worked at Limerick Lane Cellars in California, USA, Clos Henri in Marlborough, New Zealand as well as locally at Kaapzicht and Spier Wine Cellars. He is as passionate about winemaking as he is about surfing, fishing, walking and motorbikes.
Chris Weylandt, owner of the well-known furniture and homeware store, Weylandts, has seen the world. He is an avid wine connoisseur and the decision to produce his own collection of wines from his Franschhoek farm is one of his long-time dreams. Renowned for his attention to detail and organic design philosophy, Weylandt’s wine production is an eco-conscious labour of love.
“We make highly individual wines. We drink them with the people closest to us – and we love drinking them at home, where we can really explore the intimate character of each bottle,” says Weylandt.
The wines aren’t the only new addition to the Estate. The Tasting Room now has a chic, bistro styled restaurant, The Kitchen, which overlooks the spectacular vineyards. The Kitchen’s head chef is non-other than Arno Janse van Rensburg of Ginja and Myoga fame and it’s managed by Julian Smith, ex-Grande Provence and Waterkloof fame.
Comfortable couches are also available to relax in, where you can read a book or enjoy great wine with friends around a fireplace. Every sense will be catered to, so come and make the Maison Wine Estate your home for the day. via maisonestate