The 24th of September is Heritage Day for us in South Africa which is the time to celebrate our national and individual cultural diversity.
For many years this day was celebrated in KwaZulu Natal as Shaka Day in memory of the late Zulu King, on what is the presumed date of his passing in 1828. SA’s 1996 government included the day in the Public Holiday Bill as Heritage Day.
Ken Forrester Vineyards has a long history with the farm’s origin stretching back to 1689 with the original Botha family cultivating the lands for over 140 years before changing hands to another German family for almost 100 years. After this, the farm changed hands many times and the property finally fell on hard times in the early 1990s prior to the release of Nelson Mandela, starting the transition to a democratic nation. Ken and his wife Teresa had their heart set on finding a historic Stellenbosch vineyard, and in 1993 this ideal farm and homestead were bought at a public auction. Much of the property was derelict and required significant restoration with Ken handling the vineyard and Teresa the family home.
Over the years the family grew into the property with a philosophy of integrity and sustainability, investing in the community that enabled Ken Forrester Vineyards.
SA has blossomed into a truly rainbow nation and Heritage Day is our reminder of this to celebrate in your own way. Ken Forrester Vineyards has a wine for any celebration, from a relaxed braai with friends and family where the Renegade effortlessly compliments a range of grilled meats or a sunny spring picnic with the fresh and fruity Petit range of wines. For something a bit more decadent, try a perfectly cooked ribeye with the Gypsy, a lesser-known fact is that Ken farms his own herd of Wagyu cattle, with a selection of cuts available at the tasting lounge.
Celebrate your heritage and this rainbow nation this September with the range of wines from Ken Forrester Vineyards.