Maarten, until 2002, was a Zimbabwean farmer farming fruit, cattle, pigs and ostriches for much of his life; since 2003 he and his family found themselves in Somerset West, embarking on a new career as wine farmers. Maarten and his wife Janine acquired a portion of the then existing Dellrust, and built a home on their new property, with a view to turning a lifelong love of wine into a new way of life. At the end of 2014 the farm was sold to Milnerton Estates, Maarten and Janine continue to live in the house that they built. The grapes are now purchased from Milnerton Estates and the Miravel label continues!
Maarten and Janine have four children – Mark, Michael, Melanie and David – and the Miravel label is a loose play on a combination of their children’s names. The four siblings have all left home, but return to the new farm regularly, “especially now that there’s plenty of wine on offer!” says Maarten.
Maarten has turned his hand to wine in the city where he and wife Janine met whilst at university. With support from friends, family and within the local wine community, and supplemented by extensive study of wine farming and production – including plenty of tasting! – Miravel is fast becoming one of the region’s more exciting young estates.
Maarten has always had a passion for wine, and the medium for expression it offers. Traveling as a family over the last 30 years has taken the van Beuningen clan through Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Kenya, Zimbabwe and now back to South Africa; the family’s journey forms the core of Maarten’s wine-making ethos.