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Lavo wine and food

25 Apr

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It is no secret that the South African wine industry dates back to the 1600’s and has always been dominated by white men, so when I come into the presence of an African women who has delved into this elite space and is succeeding, I need to find out her story and provide as much support as possible.
Last year I was intorudecd t phenomenal lady, name Lerato Pretorius who founded Lavo wines. This is her story.

Lavo wine originates from the name Lerato. Lerato is a Southern Africa name which means love. Love is the one thread that keeps people together and keeps the world turning. Lavo wines is about pleasure, enjoyment and connecting people around the world. Lavo wine has been created with the foresight of connecting people of different backgrounds, with different ideas to share congenial association over a glass of wine. Lavo wine is inspired to create an environment where people can come together, enjoy a glass, and have fun. The wine has been created from love, to be enjoyed with love.
LAVO wines are produced with love in Wellington at a vineyard called De Slange Rivier, founded by a French Huguenot named Louis Fourie in 1699. Our commitment to fuse excellence with satisfaction is uncompromised. The unfailing quality of the brand and its unconventional style gives it a solid stance in the wine market.

The Farm. 
The farm that produces LAVO Wines grapes covers more than 1 200 hectares with vineyards planted according to a long established market orientated cultivation program. The vineyards are situated in an area where millions of years ago, glacial activity especially from the Karoo left rich geological deposits which created the unique and fertile soil types of the area.
The farm boasts Karoo soils and stone terraces which are suited for the production of quality wines. For quality control purposes, selection blocks are chosen to allow for the identification of the highest quality grapes, which are then harvested together in special selection tanks. The Cellar has been specially designed to enable these grapes to be received and processed separately. Exposure to the wines from every different block and interaction ensure that these cultivars take its rightful place in the market in the future.

Winemaker
LAVO Wines winemaker, has been handcrafting the Linton Park portfolio since 2007. Their knowledge in making wine started in the USA and visiting Australia and has assisted them in winning numerous wine accolades to establish the company as a leading winemaker.

Viticulturist
The farm covers 294 hectares of which 100 hectares are planted with noble varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Pinotage, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyards are situated on the slopes of Groenberg, over 500m high, where temperatures are very much cooler. The vineyards are safe in the capable hands of experienced Estate Manager, who is immensely experienced in the viticulture and vine nursery industry.

Manufacturer
Our woman manufacturer has vast experience in the industry and has done wine shows in SA, Russia, Germany, China, USA, Berlin, Italy and Hong Kong. She is forever improving her knowledge in wine and is now appreciating producing wine more than before. Her love for the industry has ensured that she assists women owned wine businesses – at any value stage of wine (from planting grapes to delivering to the consumers’ house).

The different bouquets:
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Cabernet Sauvignon
An elegant, rich and soft style Cabernet Sauvignon with concentrated dark berry fruit, hints of mocha, backed by silky tannins.

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Merlot
Ripe berries with a minty undertone can be found on the nose. Blackcurrants along with juicy plums is revealed on the pallet.

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Sauvignon Blanc
A fresh, well balanced white wine, with depth and complexity that derives its tropical, green citrus, nettle and gooseberry characters from the Sauvignon Blanc grape.

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Chardonnay
The wine derives its fresh and crisp nature from the chardonnay without the presence of oak displaying hints of pear and apricot, followed by strong tones of citrus, grapefruit and gooseberries and features a balanced finish.

If you wish to know more please contact them:
lerato@lavowineandfood.com