The Family Business

The Family Business | Rooted series with Port2Port By Daléne Fourie.

Saxenburg Wine Estate has been in the Bührer family since 1989, Swiss by birth, South African by blood (Africa demands blood, no?). Vincent Bührer is one of the second generation Bührers to take on the custodianship of this 200 ha piece of land on the Polkadraai Hills, a Granite mine in a past life, now with 60 ha under vine. Saxenburg enjoys an illustrious past in the South African wine industry, the Bührer family with well-known winemaker Nico van der Merwe, who made wine here for over 26 years (and left in 2017 to focus on his own label), established themselves internationally selling 85% of their wines abroad in the early 90s. With the introduction of other New World wines into the market, however, in recent years Saxenburg has had to reassess. The result? The beginning of a new era, a focus inward, and the rediscovery of an estate that has lain dormant. “A sleeping giant,” Vincent says.

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