Nestling in the Bovlei valley, just outside Wellington, the Andreas wine estate is a hidden gem comprising 4.5 hectares of vineyards, an elegant eighteenth-century house and lush gardens.

With a history dating back to the first Huguenot settlement in the valley, the estate forms part of the parcel of land originally granted to Barend Blum in 1699. Learn more about Ettienne Malan, winemaker at Andreas Wine Estate in our Q&A.

 

  1. How did your career as a wine maker start and where did you train?

I started working in cellars while still at school in Robertson, and I trained at Elsenburg.

  1. How long have you been a wine maker at Andreas Wines?

Since 2007.

  1. Which cultivar lies close to your heart?

Shiraz.

  1. What makes Andreas Wines special?

It is a wine created out of four blocks with each its own character.

  1. What do you do when you’re not between the vineyards or in the cellar?

Running after 2 young boys and occasionally in the mountains.

  1. What is your most popular wine?

At the moment white blends and exploring lesser known cultivars.

  1. Which pairings work best with your wine included in the wine4friends case?

Any meat based dish, be it steak, stew or even seared tuna. It could be interesting with a chocolate pudding as well.

  1. Are you a wine-drinking purist or do you also enjoy beer and other drinks?

I drink other drinks besides wine, but I’m not a big cocktail fan.

  1. What is the best way for people to try to learn more about wine?

Visit wineries and do not be afraid to ask questions. Drink wine and trust your own palate.

  1. What is your favourite wine of all time?

The Laurent Perrier my wife and I had at our engagement party.