Swartland

Allesverloren

Cellar Master

Danie Malan

“My way of making wine is simple and straightforward. I am a farmer who makes wine and not a winemaker who farms."

Winemaker

Wilhelm de Vries

"I want to make elegant, intriguing and balanced wines that embody and uphold the family traditions and values that Allesverloren stands for."

A legacy

Wine-Making Philosophy

Winemaker Danie Malan and his late father, Fanie, were among the wine pioneers of the Swartland, ably demonstrating the outstanding wine growing potential of what was once considered the breadbasket of the Cape.

Danie Malan

Cellar Master

Danie is Allesverloren’s fifth-generation winemaker, spending three years working alongside his father, Fanie, before taking over the helm in 1990. Danie has been instrumental in extending Allesverloren’s reputation for robust red wines and developed the farm’s fortified wine into the estate’s flagship Fine Old Vintage fortified wine.

“I am not bigger than the wines I make – I learn more every year,” says Danie. “I’m an avid believer in terroir and believe it is a unique way to differentiate one’s wine. I make full-bodied red wines that keep well. My way of doing this is to keep it simple and straightforward. I am a farmer who makes wine and not a winemaker who farms.”

Wilhelm de Vries

Winemaker

Just ahead of harvest and in a blistering heat wave, Wilhelm joined Allesverloren in January 2016 after spending many years at the Koelenhof Wine Cellar of Bottelary Hills, which his family owned since 1941.

With a wealth of international experience as a winemaker in both American and French vineyards and participation at international wine shows in a marketing capacity for South African wines, Wilhelm is well suited to the manager-winemaker position.

He admits to having a soft spot for Shiraz in particular.