Communities of
Gugulethu, Mikpunt, Khayelitsha and Philippi

Our story

The Beginning

The journey started in a township taxi rank with the smoke and crackle of an open fire and the smell of roasting corn. Patiently waiting, Kate Jambela asked the griller where he lived. She discovered that, like many thousands, he and his family slept under used corrugated iron, held up on scraps of wood, in a nearby backyard shanty.

Kate proposed the griller contact the City’s housing project but learnt that the desperate need to earn to live left no time for the process. Within hours she had resigned from her job and set out to build this family home. Stubborn and resourceful, over time she built over 6 000 warm and safe township homes for families living in shacks.

From trees to vines

Initially, she planted a sapling in the yard, but trees struggle in the windswept sandy flats, so she planted a short row of vines instead. The idea of township vineyards was born.  

Discover the amazing story of how wine grapes are growing themselves and the future for the inhabitants of the Philippi township in the Western Cape, South Africa

Our Goal

To improve the lives of those who have been dealt a bad hand.


Vineyards and Wine

All of our vines are growing within sight of the Ocean. As this production is still small, we incorporate grapes from our neighbours in Stellenbosch and Durbanville. All of these vines grow under extreme conditions in highly leached soils, constantly buffeted by strong winds. They produce rich grape juice that brings us concentrated and complex wines.

Wild Plum

Limited quantities are left of this classic Swartland red, hand-made from one of the Cape’s smallest vineyards. Full-flavored in the mouth with generous, balanced red fruit, this is a collector’s piece. 

Wild Plum – Syrah – 2020


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The Mailbox Block
Chenin Blanc

Showing the twin values of Heritage block vine maturity (35 years old) and 100% barrel fermentation and maturation, this certified Single Vineyard wine is loaded with elegant personality.

The Mailbox Block – Chenin Blanc – 2022


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Argument Corner
Field Blend

Three red varieties, harvested on the same morning and crushed together, bring concentration, complexity, natural acidity and finesse. Tastes great now, but will reward long cellaring.

Argument Corner – Field Blend – 2021


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Sauvignon Blanc

In classical Sauvignon Blanc style, this wine opens with a fragrant nose, is full and balanced on the mid-palate and finishes with enchanting citrus-style flavours.

Philippi – Sauvignon Blanc 2023


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Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

This selected fruit of Durbanville and Helderberg vineyards demonstrates the value of the moist Atlantic summer afternoon breezes on ripening red fruit. Finishes with balance and elegance.

Philippi – Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot – 2019


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To bridge the gap between those who ‘have’ and ‘know how’ in the Cape’s vineyard lands and the undereducated and impoverished who live on the other side of the highway, we:

Promote agricultural education

Boost skill levels

Network Resources from establishment

Establish township resident-owned vineyards

Generate Awareness


Passion, energy and love are the drivers of all excellence.

They bring purpose to living beyond simple existence. Tending your own plants, harvesting your own fruit, pushing your own wheelbarrow; when these are in pursuit of an objective, everything is beautiful.

With their hands and eyes, the people of Philippi are discovering originality, purity and pleasure amongst what has always seemed to be drabness and despair. Doing things for yourself, alongside your friends and family, is the most powerful motivator.

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