Lismore Wines

Lismore Wines

Lismore Wine Estate 1884 x 964

Pioneering Sam O'Keefe makes world class wines at Lismore 

Snow, Baboons and Leopard among the challenges in the vineyard

Samantha OKeefe JpgSamantha O'Keefe grew up in California but her grandfather hailed from the south of Ireland. She found herself in the Cape where whe stumbled on an old disused dairy farm called Lismore. The farm, where Sam works single handledly is located in the remote mountainous area of Greyton two hours from Cape Town at the end of a dirt road. She is now one of the Cape's most talented winemakers particularly with a range of single varietal wines both red and white. There is hardly a week that goes by that one of her wines is not lauded by wine writers across the globe.

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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