Salóme Buys-Vermeulen, winemaker at Lozärn Wines in Robertson said: “Eco-conscious wine lovers can also rest assured that our range of wines are 100% vegan-friendly. This means that no animal-derived products were used during the winemaking process. Instead, plant-based fining and filtering agents were sourced to coax sulphur levels into balance, clear the wine of pesky proteins and remove other incidental compounds before ageing and maturation.”
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For many Valentine’s Day symbolizes the celebration of love between two people. At Lozärn Wines – we want to extend this love to all things proudly South African and the things that South Africans love!
We asked ourselves, what makes us South African?
We have 11 beautiful languages to celebrate amongst our different cultures, this means that we also have different influences when it comes to our food. Food is the language of love and South Africa has so much cultural diversity to celebrate when it comes to our nation’s cuisine! Read More
A visit to Lozärn Wines is an absolute must but just remember this wine farm is open by appointment only. Not only will the winemaker, Salóme, show you around her little winery but she will also share some of the most fascinating stories with you which is told out of true passion. In 2012, Salóme was enjoying a fine Chilean Carménère
with her husband, Sybrand, which led to the planting of a Carménère vineyard two years later on Doornbosch. To read more , click here.
Our final taste of the Robertson wine life was a morning spent with Salóme, Sybrand and Grant learning about the history of Lozärn Wines – The Pioneers of Carménère in South Africa. We began with an interactive tasting right in the cellar where all our questions about this unique cultivar were answered. Then it was out into the vineyards where Grant showed us just how to prune the vines for maximum yield. Everything at Lozärn is a science and this comes through in their wines, of which my favourite is definitely their flagship red, Kay’s Legacy 2016 – a gorgeous Bordeaux blend.
Back in the cellar, Grant’s wife Christa had prepared a mouth-watering lunch. We filled our plates with all kinds of savoury and sweet treats and enjoyed our last few moments outside with more delicious Lozärn wine of course.
With our hearts full of love and appreciation for everyone we met on this divine journey, we said farewell to all at Lozärn and to Robertson. Back to Cape Town and then to Joburg I headed with the most amazing memories.
The magic of a trip like this is something every wine lover needs to experience. In winter or in summer, The Robertson Valley has so many secrets to share. Keep an eye out because very soon you’ll be able to share in a very special secret escape of your own.
International Carménère Day, November 24, is a celebration of the Chilean wine varietal thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994. Known as the ‘Lost Child of Bordeaux’, Carménère was one of the original six red varieties used in the blends of Bordeaux, along with the famous five—cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec and petit verdot. Read More
Lozärn Wines, made on Doornbosch farm in the Robertson region, are the champions of the Carménère grape variety on home soil. In 2012, winemaker Salóme Buys-Vermeulen was enjoying a fine Chilean Carménère with husband, Sybrand and a friend. She says it “was love at first sip”.