I try out some beautiful wines from Usana

by Karisa

While having dinner at Little Saint a few weeks back I was introduced to some beautiful wines from the Usana Wine Farm in Stellenbosch on Klein Welmoed.

Usana, meaning “A new beginning” in Xhosa, is a family farm owned by the Winshaw family who have been farming on Klein Welmoed for 44 years.  But over recent years they decided to diversify the farm by introducing Usana produce, including a portfolio of 4 wines: a Cabernet Sauvignon, aSauvignon Blanc, aPinot Gris and a barrel fermented Chenin Blanc.

The farming estate also produces pasture-reared meat where their cattle’s grazing patterns are based on the way the Wildebeest feed in the Serengeti (super interesting right?  read more here) & eggs in the same fashion as Farmer Angus eggs where the chickens roost in egg mobiles which are moved around on a daily basis to allow the chickens to graze on fresh turf all the time.

But back to the wine…

I tried their Pinot Gris which is an offspring of Pinot Noir and a popular wine over in Italy where it’s known at Pinot Grigio.  It’s a beautiful crisp & refreshing wine which pairs well with lighter dishes.

Then I also tried their Cabernet Sauvignon which is aged in French oak barrels and has a rich, ruby colour while displaying characteristics of dark berries, cassis and a touch of vanilla.

Having never heard of this wine before, I was a bit sceptical.  But after fully enjoying these two wines over dinner, I now really want to try the other two…

If you’ve been wanting to try something new, why not hop on over to their website and order some via their “Order Wine” contact form over here.

The wines are very well priced at R60 for the Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Gris and R80 for the Chenin Blanc and the Cabernet Sauvignon.

Please just note: Delivery fee will still be added & orders must be a minimum of 6 bottles.

You can also contact them if you have any wine/beef/egg enquiries:

  • Pierre Winshaw – 084 449 1164 – pierre@usana.co.za (Beef & Eggs)
  • JP Winshaw – 083 650 9528 – jp@usana.co.za (Wine)

Go on, spoil yourself.  It’s hump day after all. 😉


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