Video Seven Sisters
Mythology has it that the seven sisters (Pleiads), daughters of Atlas and Pleione, were nymphs in the train of Artemis and nursemaids and teachers to the infant Bacchus too.
The seven sisters behind this label in the African Roots Wine Brands portfolio are biological sisters and hail from Paternoster, a picturesque fishing village on the Cape's West Coast. The Brutus sisters, along with their baby brother John, had to leave their home when the family was evicted after their father lost his job of over 20 years with a local fishing company. Now, 25 years later, their wine brand, Seven Sisters, launched in 2007, was a way to change their destiny. The siblings often meet up on weekends at Paternoster to go kayaking, and feast on crayfish, bokkems (salted dried fish) and other local delicacies. The town is one of the oldest along the West Coast and was named after a prayer. The story goes that long ago when the first Europene Portuguese sailors were stranded and shipwrecked, they would pray that one day they might see their homes and families again. The prayer started like this, Patre Nostre which translated Our Father 5 kilometers from Paternoster is a lighthouse, Cape Columbine, nature reserve, also a brand in the portfolio, commisioned in 1936, derives its name from the barque Columbine which was shipwrecked in 1829, the first land spotted by Europene ships. Paternoster is also famous for its white-washed fishermen's cottages and curving white beach. Paternoster provides an abundance of seafood caught by the local fisherman on their little boats. Apart from this the village boast with 1200 plant and flower species.
The wines in the range are sourced from vineyards in the Swartland area. Swartland falls under the West Coast area and consist of hundreds of small wine farms. Earlier years farmers were mainly doing wheat farming and later on found the soils suitable for grape farming. They found that the soils have a good under structure for water retention and it stores the water for the dryer months, therfore no formal irrigation systems are necessary. The Seven Sisters wines are named after each sibling and it starts from youngest to oldest, the range consists of a Bukettraube-Odelia, Pinotage-Rose-Twena, Chenin Blanc-Yolanda, Sauvignon Blanc-Vivian, Pinotage/Shiraz-Dawn, Merlot-June and Cabernet- Carol. The 2009 Seven Sisters Sauvignon Blanc-Vivian has been selected by American Airlines, the first South African wine ever to be served on their flights, according to Vivian the brain behind the company, African Roots wines.
The sisters equired 9 hectares of land in the vicinity of Spier and Welmoed in Stellenbosch. Seven of these are to be planted to vines which will be tended by John Brutus, who will be taking over the winemaking when completed his studies in oenology and viticulture at Elsenburg. John is a Dispensing Optician by profession. A new label in their portfolio, John Brutus, will soon be launched and available in their tasting room, scheduled to open its doors by 2010. This will be followed by a guesthouse, with conference facilities also part of the plan.
Vivian Kleynhans, Quote
Charrity starts at home. When I investigated the idea of entering the wine industry,
I decided to go back to my roots and start a wine label with my sisters.
A sisterhood celebration each wine carefully selected and styled to match the personality and caracter of each sister, celebrate their bond and devotion to one another, a fitting tribute to sisterhood indeed!
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