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Quinta Essentia is a partnership between Betz Family Winery, Carl van der Merwe, a leading winemaker in South Africa and Wendy Appelbaum, the owner of DeMorgenzon. We've set out to re-discover and resurrect compelling low yielding old bush vine Chenin Blanc vineyards in Stellenbosch South Africa. Our vision is to craft wine that expresses this unique terroir. Chenin Blanc is quintessentially South African- distinctive, aromatic, intense on the palate with an acid backbone that leaves you wanting more.

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THE JOURNEY

THE JOURNEY

Our joint passion for South African Chenin Blanc was evident from the first second we met and agreeing to embark on this epic adventure together was a no brainer.

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THE VINEYARDS

THE VINEYARDS

When Chenin Blanc vines are young, yields are very high, but old bush vines become self-regulating and low yielding from being dry farmed and decades of hot sun and wind. Each vine stands proud like an old man who has had a tough but beautiful life. Read about how we discovered and chose each vineyard site, sometimes hidden in plain sight.

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THE WINE

The selection of compelling sites combined with 
meticulous winemaking are imperative to our endeavor.
 
It is the melding of our joint viticulture and winemaking
cultures that will set the stage to produce these wines.

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JOIN US ON OUR JOURNEY

We felt compelled to make South African old vine Chenin Blanc to share with you. This has been our passion for many years. From the first second we selected the vineyards, we have anxiously awaited this moment. We hope you will join us on this epic journey and become part of collecting and tasting our wine.

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