Jackson expands into South Africa

California-based Jackson Family Wines is expanding into South Africa with the purchase of a 20-acre vineyard in Stellenbosch.

Barbara Banke

Barabara Banke, chairman and owner of Jackson Family Wines

Jackson Family Wines is set to purchase the 121-acre Fijnbosch farm, which includes 20 acres of vines in the Banhoek Valley, as reported by Wine Spectator. 

South African viticulturist Rosa Kruger has helped develop the vineyard over the past 10 years while Graham Weerts, winemaker at Jackson’s Stonestreet Winery in Sonoma, has been in charge of winemaking. Both will continue to be part of the project.

Speaking to Wine Spectator, Kristen Reitzell, public relations manager for the company, said: “The Jackson family believes in investing in great vineyards around the world, and Barbara Banke has been looking at South Africa as a great investment opportunity. Through Rosa and Graham, she believes this is one of the top areas for Chardonnay. It gives Rosa and Graham a consistent source for the project and one where they’ll have complete control in the vineyard.”

The producer is planning to release 1,000 cases of a Chardonnay called Capensis made from the farm’s 2013 vintage.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

We encourage debate in the comments section and always welcome feedback, but if you spot something you don't think is right, we ask that you leave an accurate email address so we can get back to you if we need to.

Subscribe to our newsletters

The Global Riesling Masters 2019

Deadline : 20th December 2019

The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2020

Deadline : 31st January 2020

Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2019

View Results

Rioja Masters 2019

View Results

Click to view more

Subscribe today to get each issue of The Drinks Business as soon as it's published, plus all the latest breaking news and access to our library of back issues.

Subscribe Today!

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

Stay up-to-date with the latest news about the international spirits industry every weekday lunchtime (GMT)