Stephen and Jamie's Wines
Father-son duo behind South Africa's biggest-selling wines
The de Wet’s are one of the longest-serving and most successful winemaking families in Robertson Valley. With your funding, they’ve built a world-famous brand in Arabella – and the highest-rated, best-selling regional Reserve Cab in Naked history.
Stephen’s made wine from the family vineyard since the tender age of 17 and he’s passed his passion onto son Jamie, who now makes wines hand-in-hand with Dad at the de Wet’s 16th-generation family farm.
...and thanks to Angels, the de Wet boys make more crowd-pleasing Arabella wines than pretty much all your winemakers put together. To be precise – in a stacking contest, the total number of wines they’ve made for you beats the height of 226 Everests. Talk about the peak of a career!
Map of the Vineyard
"My greatest pleasure has been to start my winery from scratch, with the help of my wife and children," said legendary nakedwines.com producer Stephen de Wet, founder of Arabella Wines and the top-producing legacy vineyard owner in South Africa’s Robertson Valley.
Read it from the legend himself – this is an interview with Stephen de Wet from 2012.
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How did you get involved in the wine business?
Stephen: My family owned a wine farm and cellar when I was growing up, and at the age of 17, before I went off to the army, my mother put me to work in the cellar. I absolutely loved it - and my mother arranged for me to do a one-year student course at Geisenheim (the home of a well-known research and education center in enology and viticulture). So winemaking was something I knew I wanted to do from a young age...
How has Arabella evolved with Angel funding?
Stephen: With Angels and the help of my children Nicky and Jamie, it's turned into a real family business where everyone is completely dedicated.
Why the name ‘Arabella?’
Stephen: "If I had my life over, I would ask for nothing more than to be involved with my two passions - as I am now - wine and horses!
What’s the best thing nakedwines.com has done for you?
Stephen: I love the creativity involved in being a winemaker. Although the weather can play a role, every step taken, from the vineyard, through to the cellar, to the bottling, will affect the outcome of the wine. It's vital to have a very clear idea of what the outcome should be, and the steps needed in the process, to achieve the desired result.
With Angels’ help, the de Wet’s are also able to run a green winery. All wastewater is used to irrigate their pastures, no detergents are used, and grape skins and stalks are converted into compost and used in the vineyard.
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