Nabygelegen’s guest cottage. Photograph: John Brunton
We don’t think it’s often that the Queen of England gets to experience wines handmade in the Bovlei Valley, Wellington let alone use them to celebrate the festivities of her 60th Jubilee!
On the 6th June, Nabygelegen Private Cellar was privileged enough to have both their Nabygelegen Chenin Blanc 2008 and their Snow Mountain Pinot Noir 2009 as the wines selected for the Jubilee Lunch at Marlboro House for the Commonwealth Heads of States and hosted by the Queen. Not only is this a coup for Nabygelegen and Wellington but also for South Africa as Premiers of wine making countries such as New Zealand and Australia were present at the lunch.
The menu for this special occasion was a starter of Brie and Avocado Terrine, a main of Wild Sea Bass and for Dessert an Apple Crumble Soufflé served with Apple Pie Ice Cream.
Nabygelegen is a small farm in the Bovlei Valley of Wellington which specialises in Hand Crafted Wine. Our Motto – “Good Wine Takes Time”. Granted in 1712, by Governor William Herlot to one of the new free citizens of the Cape Jan Lorenz originally from Rostock in Germany. Lorenz made the first steps toward developing the farm and planted the first vines.
The name Nabygelegen means “Lying nearby” probably stems from that time, when Lorenz family all lived in the area. After his death in 1721 the farm passed through several hands and in 2000 James McKenzie bought the farm and turned the farm into a working winery. James is the Winemaker and specialises in hand crafted wines.
Not only are these wines good enough for the Queen, they are also extremely affordable.
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