The Miravel Wine Estate is situated just outside Somerset West, Western Cape beneath the majestic Helderberg mountains. Formerly part of the Dellrust Estate, Miravel was founded in 2002 by Zimbabwean Maarten van Beuningen and his wife Janine, and despite its relative youth, has already produced several outstanding wines.
The cool breezes that sweep up from False Bay lend themselves to a fresh, crisp Sauvignon Blanc, and the maiden 2005 vintage landed the estate its first award in 2006 – a bronze Veritas. Since then all the Sauvignon Blanc’s have been awarded medals in various competitions, namely the Michelangelo International Wine Awards and Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and the Miravel reds have also garnered awards.
In 2011 the first Family Reserve was launched with great success and this range will be dedicated to the new generation of our family!“We’ve met an incredible number of people along the way, striking up close friendships, and forging paths we might not have expected, but will never forget,” Maarten explains. Hence the ‘Footprints’ legend detailed on the Miravel labels. “The wine represents our journey, and the people who’ve been a part of it. We could have ended up in many different places, doing many different things, but we’re here in the Cape, making wine, and getting to that point represents our journey to date.”“It also give us the chance to share our wine with friends and family,” Maarten adds, and a glass or two of Miravel now comes standard with any visit to the family home, surrounded by the vines that provided the grapes for Maarten’s debut sauvignon blanc.
Seeing the wines every day serves as a visual reminder of what it is about wine that has him so enchanted. “It’s not just a liquid, it’s so much more than that,” Maarten says. “So many variables combine to give it expression, to give it a particular taste and feel. There’s something magical to being part of that process – making the wine is almost more fun than drinking it!”
The distinctive red brick and thatch farmhouse provides a delightfully relaxed tasting venue amongst the vineyards, and one to which Maarten and Janine extends an invitation to sample their wines. Miravel caters for wine tasting groups and clubs, and will provide (by arrangement) a farm style lunch to suit the season.