Andries and Marinda Blake, proud owners of the Blake Family Wines, are passionate about quality and service par excellence. Andries is a renowned and seasoned winemaker managing 23 vintages at Rooiberg Winery and notably Swartland Winery. The grapes for the Blake Family Wines derive from the heart of the Swartland. Andries believes in minimal human intervention in these un-trellised, dry land bush vines. The flagship range, Blake Family Wines consists of 2 blends – Tourmaline and a Cape Blend called Amethyst.
Blakes Amethyst – Michael Angelo Gold Award
Blakes Chenin Blanc
Winemaker, Andries Blake is an acclaimed, seasoned winemaker with more than three decades of vintages under his belt. He has a proven track record as a winemaker of note. His wine making career kicked off under the legend, Dassie Smith of Rooiberg Winery, where he was wine maker for 6 years. He joined Swartland Winery for 19 vintages as Cellar Master before he had his maiden vintage in 2011 under his own brand. Andries prefer blends to single cultivar wines. “Blends is an art form where a wine maker can showcase flair and skill. Blended wines give you a much more complex wine as one can us the best qualities of different cultivars to create a superb wine’ says Andries.
Marinda Blake, with extensive experience in the wine industry is responsible for marketing and logistics. She spent her whole working career in various positions in the wine industry – Graham Beck Wines, De Wetshof Wine Estate, Bovlei Winery and Swartland Wine Route.
Wine is a lifestyle and the husband and wife duo embrace this type of life style. They are passionate about producing quality products bearing their name. They have all the building blocks – the experience, knowing the terroir extremely well, passion and the drive to create gems. They feel strong about building good long-term relationships with their customers and providing them with a product of excellent quality.