African Pride Wines was born in 2002 with the idea to create a range of wines that offers great value and character, whilst remaining true to South African style and terroir. We regard our colleagues and partners as family and friends and have been working together for 16years; in this period we have expanded out global footprint and our wine is widely available in more than 30 countries and covers the globe from Asia and the Gulf to Europe and the Americas. We believe this is a testament to the broad appeal of our wines, our commitment to quality and service delivery.
We produce just over 100,000cs per annum, grapes and wines are sourced from contracted producers in Stellenbosch, Worcester, Wellington and Paarl. The wines are vinified, blended and bottled under the personal supervision of our winemaker, shareholder and walking encyclopedia, Mike Graham.
Mike is a veteran of 37 harvests in South Africa and 7 harvests in France. He started his career at Bergkelder (Distell), then joined Boschendal as Cellarmaster before taking up the mantel of Operations Manager at Stellenbosch Vineyards. He was one of the first ‘flying winemakers’ (a group of pioneers who travelled the globe to share their passion and knowledge of winemaking) in South Africa, with stints at Louis Roederer, Joseph Drouhin and 5 vintages in Southern France for Direct Wines UK. He has judged at both national and international competitions and also sits on the tasting panel for the Wine & Spirits board of South Africa.
Production is contracted to a HACCP, BRC, IFS and ISO accredited facility and our logistics partner is JF Hillebrand. Our wines are produced in a sustainable manner and carry the ‘Integrity and Sustainability seal’.
In addition to our own brands we also produce private label wines and manage the international marketing and distribution for a number of boutique wineries in select markets.