The best bud­get wine out there

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the same as for the Drostdy Hof. The brand hails from Tul­bagh on the edges of the Swart­land, the sud­denly fash­ion­able ap­pel­la­tion for South African wine, where hairy young guns make ex­cit­ing new blends. “Tool­bag” is also one of the old­est wine­mak­ing re­gions in South Africa.

Drostdy Hof is a brand owned by Dis­tell, the largest liquor pro­ducer in South Africa, which is partly owned by SABMiller. Ear­lier this month, the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion de­cided that be­fore SABMiller could be bought by the largest brewer in the world, An­heuserBusch InBev, it would have to sell its stake in Dis­tell, which is worth nearly R9 bil­lion.

This could mean a for­eign in­vest­ment is on the cards, which could be good news for Drostdy Hof, a brand that is only dis­trib­uted in South Africa.

Dis­tell has de­signs on be­ing the wine sup­plier for Africa and one of its brands, Obikwa, is al­ready the slang term for a glass of wine in night­clubs in west Africa.

White blends such as this one make per­fect sense in an African con­text: they are ac­ces­si­ble both in terms of trop­i­cal fruit flavours and price, plus the French phrase “premier grand cru” is un­der­stand­able in Fran­co­phone Africa.

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