Botanica Wines


Ginny Povall is a wizard when it comes to winemaking. She manages to seek out really special vineyards and then create amazing wines from them - quite something for a self taught winemaker. Unlike most of the 'Young Guns', Ginny's wine journey started after she gave up a successful accountancy career in New York though rumour have it that she dabbled with winemaking in her own home while still in the US. Her Mary Delany Chenin Blanc made from precious old vine Skurfberg grapes is now an icon while her Mary Delany Pinot Noir is also a real beauty.

botanica chenin blanc


Not only are Ginny's wines themselves so amazing but the labels... Ginny has a love of the land, be it vinyards or flowers. She purchased a protea farm when she came to South Africa - those stunning flowers thay appear here in Christmas floral arrangenents. The botanical connection continues through to her labels. Ginny came across the work of Mary Delany, a remarkable series of botanical collages that were  crafted in the late 1700's with hundreds of tiny pieces of cut paper that are breathtakingly beautiful. Ginny was able to licence some of these art works for her wines. The one we see here features on her benchmark Chenin Blanc label.

About Kinnegar

Kinnegar Wines was born almost by accident and been growing organically since.

In 1998, I was in the midde of a two year diploma course with the London Wine & Spirits Trust when an opportunity came up to visit South Africa's Western Cape. Naturally, I was keen to avail of the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and winemaking in South Africa.

We had an excellent guide who brought us to a number of the Cape's leading estates including Thelema and De Trafford where we had in depth vineyard and cellars tours. At the end of the day, I wanted to take back some of the wonderful wines we had tasted for our own use. It was not possible to take two or three cases of wine with us on our flight and shipping such a small quantity was more than the cost of wines. So I had the mad idea of shipping a pallet! Clearly, I had to start selling these wines and so began Kinnegar Wines. Ashford Castle took many of the wines and continue to list them and newer arrivals ever since.

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