Fine Wines By Mayime
Inspired by its local community, the Fine Wines by Mayime Winery capture the very essence of the beautiful Eastern Cape and the unique, vibrant and colourful culture of its people.
The Fine Wines by Mayime Winery is the wine of choice for locals and visitors who want to experience an authentic expression of this remarkable place and people, while supporting a growing local community in the heart of the Eastern Cape Winelands.
The first vineyard in South Africa to produce a community-owned wine, Mayime Winery produces fine wines that embodies the soul of the land and its Xhosa people, under the watchful eye of winemaker and viticulturist, Vumile Makapela, who grew up in the community and - after qualifying with a B. Agric degree in Oenology and Viticulture far from home at Stellenbosch - returned to help turn this semi-rural community into a thriving winery.
The first wine was bottled under the “Inkosi” (the Xhosa/Zulu word for “the Chief”) label in 2016. “Inkosi” is still the superb flagship wine produced at Mayime Winery, as well as the newly launched range of Winterberg Heritage wines that celebrates this beautiful mountainous area of the Eastern Cape. The Xhosa tradition of “umchokozo” (face painting with white dots) is celebrated with distinctive stippled raised dots on the Inkosi wine bottle labels.
Situated near the semi-rural town of Whittlesea, Mayime Winery is nestled among some of the Eastern Cape’s most dramatic inland mountain ranges including the Amatole, Winterberg, Stormberg and Drakensberg mountains on a semi-arid plateau of red “Karoo” soil crossed by the Klipplaat River.
Mayime wines benefit from the dry climate with cool nights and little humidity, and the red soil that is perfect for growing the Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage and Colombard grapes planted over 12ha of land in the Shiloh District.
We invite you to experience our authentic Eastern Cape wine and support a growing community.
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