Van Loveren is located on the banks of the Breede River in Robertson, South Africa's premier Chardonnay producing region. Two brothers, Nico and Wynand Retief, own this beautiful red canna lily lined property only 100 miles from Cape Town. In the days of yore, Van Loveren was a large farm affectionately called Goudmyn (Goldmine). Today, it is a 330 acre wine estate that is highly regarded for its picturesque beauty and liquid gold, mostly in the form of Chardonnay. Van Loveren is currently one of the leading producers of premium Chardonnay in South Africa and a driving force behind the recent success of Robertson as a prime viticultural area. The region's limestone rich soil is perfect for Chardonnay, which have led some critics to compare the Robertson and Van Loveren's wines in particular to the charming, round Chardonnays of Pouilly-Fuissé. With these pundits we heartily concur. However, the Retief brothers also fashion other high quality white wines at their estate. Specifically, this property's Sauvignon Blanc is world-class wine as well, a hypothetical cross of the bright, herbal New Zealand-style of the varietal and the tropical fruit, big boned body of prime Australian Sauvignon Blanc. In addition, Van Loveren crafts excellent Colombard, Pinot Gris, and Riesling, along with two fine dessert wines and a delicious sparkling wine they have named Papillon. Since the early 1990's the Refief brothers have also been working with premium red varietals, most notably Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz, and Pinotage - South Africa's own unique varietal. Most assuredly, we will be hearing a lot more about this property in the years to come, and hopefully we will be tasting many more of their wares as well.