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Seven Sisters Vineyard is where the West Coast meets the Cape Winelands. This week’s Wanderful Find started when a group of siblings decided to make and sell their own brand of wine. After being reunited together, kicked out of their family home and split up to live with relatives, Seven Sister Vineyard was developed and keeps evolving.


Seven Sisters consists of eight siblings from the Brutus family. They come from a sleepy fishing town called Paternoster along the West Coast of the Western Cape. When Vivian Brutus was 18 years old, their father had lost his job in a fishing factory, 25 years after service. Unfortunately, this resulted in an eviction of the family from their house. They were split up into pairs of two to live with relatives and this meant having to leave Paternoster. Fast forward to 20 years later, the sisters were finally reunited and began working towards making their family vision a family business. Vivian started her wine-making journey by entering the industry as a self-taught winemaker. She also created one of the most known up-and-coming wine brands in South Africa. Her vision was to one day establish a business and legacy for generations to come.

In 2009, the seven sisters and one brother obtained a piece of land to build their new home which was also going to be used for their own winery/tasting facility and the planting of wine grapes. Since then, the arid land has now been developed by Vivian into what it is today. There was the planting of vines, building of a tasting room and restaurant as well as wine storage facility.


This beautifully run family business is one of only three 100% black-owned wine farms. They offer a comprehensive family experience, from an authentic home-cooked meal from their restaurant to tastings and wine pairings. They also offer space for functions such as corporate dinners and weddings.


This wine range is purposefully crafted according to each sister’s personality, from vineyards in the Swartland region as well as the Robertson Valley. Seven Sisters wine has received excellent local and international support. Their Sauvignon Blanc was chosen in 2009 as the first South African wine being served onboard American Airlines. In fact, the USA was the first market for the wines. The wines to choose from are Moscato, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

As mentioned before, the sisters received a barren piece of land and worked hard to develop it to build their own winery and tasting facility and the planting of wine grapes. This has made the Seven Sisters Vineyards a first generation wine farm and in 2016 the Brutus Family Reserve wine was bottled from their own vineyards and is named after their family name. It is available in a Chardonnay, Shiraz and John Brutus Reserve.

If you’re going wine tasting and would like to visit this amazing winery while touring Cape Town then you should definitely add it to your list. Or you could book a free concierge session with us for an amazing virtual tour of our beautiful city or better yet, have a customized tour set up for you, so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home!


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