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South Africa’s coldest winery… ZAHarmonie

Bi-Anne Du Toit ZAHarmonie

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To most of us Sutherland is the land of infinite landscapes, bossie-veld that stretches till the eye meets the horizon, and by night… star studded skies take your breathe away. Naturally this is home to Karoo lamb and B&B’s are plentiful as Capetonians flock there to gaze at the magnificent starry skies and see white blankets of snow in winter. But would you have guessed that a boutique winery could survive there…

Winemaker Bi-Anne du Toit was born and raised in the Swartland and comes from a family of determined farmers. Having completed her studies in oenology and viticulture at Elsenburg in 2003, she then headed to France to work on a wine estate and this would be the start to her amazing journey in winemaking… This dynamic young entrepreneur then returned to SA and accepted the opportunity to work at Cloof Winery in Darling, until the day she decided to pursue her dream in Sutherland, moving there with her husband a sheep farmer.

ZAHarmonie Boutique Wine Cellar’s wines are all stomped, squished, squeezed and bottled by Bi-Anne. As with anything new, there were trials and errors however Bi-Anne was adamant to grow from strength to strength and has just released her first vintage the tongue-in-cheek Anti-Freeze a Cape Ruby blend and The Maiden a Cabernet Sauvignon. Hats off to you Bi-Anne! We couldn’t agree more about your philosophy of beating the cold by opening South Africa’s first coldest winery – ZAHarmonie Wine Cellar.

To get your hands on a bottle or two visit The Palms Market in Woodstock. Check out the ZAHarmonie Facebook page or Contact Bi-Anne du Toit for tastings on 078 165 8429 or via email

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  1. Cheers Bi-Anne!!! You go girl! You make us proud.

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