SEE: This KZN wine cellar pays tribute to Zulu nation's King Shaka

SEE: This KZN wine cellar pays tribute to Zulu nation's King Shaka

Who knew wine tasting could be lighthearted and fun..

KZN wine cellar King Shaka
Seventeen87 Wine Cellar

For all our wine enthusiasts in the province, we have a pleasant update regarding Seventeen87, the wine cellar in the South Coast. They are celebrating their first year as a business in the most hearty and meaningful way. 

The Seventeen87 Wine Cellar came to life last year October, all thanks to Enterprise iLembe! 

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Yes, an entire wine cellar created during the pandemic in KZN which is performing exceptionally well, considering the KZN unrest the province experienced in July.

They are currently running an amazing campaign in celebration of their 1-year-anniversary and we cannot help but applaud them for this creative combination of history and wine. 

They pay homage to the founder of the Zulu nation, King Shaka, with five different cultivars; sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, pinotage rose, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.

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The CEO of Enterprise iLembe, Linda Mncube shared, “The challenge now is to be innovative in our thinking on how to expand this concept and to create linkages with other existing tourism products not just in the district but across the province. We must also ensure that we continue to maintain the high service levels and meet the expectations of visitors".

This experience ticks all the boxes mentioned - a wine experience laced with some history lessons about the KZN province and the Zulu nation. 

Daniel Maerkl, Seventeen87 manager, confirms this as he explains that some of the brands from which their wines are sourced are named in Zulu and communicate messages about the Zulu Kingdom's history. 

Have a look at the King Shaka collection:

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“When patrons come we offer a wine tasting, which gives you the same experience as the one you find in the Western Cape. We teach people how to taste wine, fun facts about the industry and educate them about wine,” Maerk continued. 

“KZN is not a wine-drinking province. Most people come here to experience something they have never seen before. They leave with the knowledge and buy wines which brings us revenue," he concluded. 

And this collaboration of industries makes the experience fun and opens up more opportunities for other industries to join in and make the wine tasting experience a creative and fun one compared - to the usual rigid format. 

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Seventeen87 has fortunately sold more than 1 750 bottles of wine and over 1 300 tastings have been held since the launch. The sky is definitely the limit for this KZN wine cellar! 

You now know what else to add to your holiday itinerary...


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Main Image Courtesy: Seventeen87 Wine Cellar

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