Black Elephant Vintners
Franschhoek \\ South Africa
Black Elephant is a coming together of different backgrounds and ideas to make thrilling wine from a very special place, the Franschhoek valley. Perhaps too often overlooked for more famous or modish regions, Franschhoek is one of the oldest winegrowing areas of the Cape and home to some brilliant terroir.
Kevin Swart (‘black’ in Afrikaans) and Raymond Ndlovu (‘elephant’ in a number of southern African languages) were joined by winemaker Jacques Wentzel, who was born and bred on Robben Island and earned his winemaking stripes at Warwick and nearby Môreson.
The wines are irreverent, delicious and a seriously huge amount of fun, from a small, team committed to putting Franschhoek very much back on the map.