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Schalk Burger & Sons

We first met Schalk Burger Senior in 2009 from an introduction by Allan Lamb the Test cricketer. As the owner of the Welbedacht Wine Estate we soon realised that here was the ultimate connection between Sport and Wine. A partnership was born and Schalk’s extensive sporting wine portfolio forms the heart of our company.

Welbedacht Wine Estate | Wellington, South Africa | Rugby

The Wine

The spectacular Welbedacht Estate lies 40 minutes north of Cape Town. Some of the oldest soil in Africa, made up of decomposed granite, provides ideal conditions for quality vines. Schalk cultivates 18 different grape varieties. Each of his wines tells a story. The entry level Meerkat range is South Africa’s most gregarious wine and unbeatable value. Among his award-winning red blends can be found the Hat Trick, Cricket Pitch, Bohemian Syrah, the Patriot and his exceptional No 6, named after the shirt both Schalk Snr and Jnr wore for their country.

Sporting Connection

Schalk Burger Sr was a formidable South Africa flanker from the 1980’s, whose son Schalk Jnr won the Rugby World Cup with the Springboks in 2007. To complement the family’s formidable rugby pedigree, Schalk hosts many charity cricket matches at his Welbedacht Oval and we are now stocking his Cricket Pitch – made from the vines grown alongside the boundary – at the Kia Oval in London, completing the sporting circle. Schalk and his sons were among our first suppliers and we are so grateful to him, Schalk Jnr, Tiaan and the whole Burger family for their support in helping us build the idea of the Sporting Wine Club. They embody the spirit of the club and have been incredibly generous and patient friends!

The Winemaker Says:
My family and I are proud to have supported the Sporting Wine Club from its conception. They represent the values which we hold dear, combining a love of wine and sport together with friendship. We look forward to helping the Sporting Wine Club develop over the years on their exciting adventure and making many more new friends.

-Schalk Burger Snr

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