We believe in truth, in seeing opportunities where others see challenges. To thrive where others fail. To push the boundaries of conformity in an industry that has long forgotten to have fun.
Surrounded by majestic mountains, you will discover the quaint village of Franschhoek. Founded by the French Huguenots in 1687, this beautiful area is home to some of South Africa’s most sought-after wine and dine experiences.
It hosts a wide variety of festivals, such as the Bastille festival, the Champagne festival and various others. With unrivaled natural beauty, Franschhoek remains a must see and a place to experience. The splendour and tastes of old, meet the new and modern, in a vibrant dance of colour, culture, taste and hospitality.
Our wines represent our sincerest endeavours to bring the Franschhoek experience to all wine lovers for the sole purpose of enjoyment and as an expression of our appreciation for our good life.
We believe in reverence. In the skills and patience of the craft, while reinventing the art of winemaking. Ensuring every bottle has a story and every story has an experience.
We are the misfits of the wine industry, the rebels of the vine.
To this end, we introduce fun into serious winemaking whilst capturing the taste and terroir of the Franschhoek valley in our wines. Our diverse brand portfolio enables us to provide a range of wines with unique physical characteristics that appeal to different desires, tastes and occasions. It is our¬ firm intent to ensure that our wines and brands are exciting, premium and distinctive at all times.
Black Elephant Vintners was born out of synchronicity, fortuitous friendships and a love for wine. Following on from the sale of Black Elephant Investment Holdings’ stake in Noah Financial Innovation in 2011, co-founder Kevin Swart uprooted his family and moved from Johannesburg to Franschhoek where he purchased a charming boutique wine farm, La Petite Vigne, situated on the outskirts of the Franschhoek village. Six months later, his business partner and co-founder of Black Elephant Investment Holdings, Raymond Ndlovu, followed suit and the Ndlovu’s joined the Swart’s in their fearless uncovering of a new life in the Franschhoek valley.
Having contracted Amistad Wine Company to assist in the winemaking at La Petite Vigne, Kevin eagerly set about learning the art and quandaries of winemaking whilst Raymond joined Invenfin to further hone his passion for business and private equity. A chance discussion in November 2012 between Black Elephant and Amistad led to the joining together of Black Elephant’s business skills and the Amistad winemaking expertise. This moment lead to the joining of Jacques, our winemaker and the creation of Black Elephant Vintners in January 2013. Work commenced with passion and vigour, setting the stage for an epic winemaking journey.