CHARLIE THE WINE IS BACK! (and with a Cracking Christmas Offer for you!)
We hope you haven't missed us too much, we had to take down the website
for a while in order to upgrade the portfolio and make sure that we were
the best that we could be. So now we're back, better than ever and ready
to go! Just as well with Christmas around the corner...
Now sit back, relax and let us tell you a little more about Charlie the
Wine and our culture...
So the more eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that there is a
very sporty feel to Charlie The Wine, not least of all because of our unique
portfolio of South African Vintages centred around the Welbedacht and
Sumaridge Estates. It may not have escaped your notice that the
Springboks got the better of England at Twickenham recently with Schalk Burger as
man of the match! Schalk's family are responsible for the Meerkat and
Welbedacht range of vintages and they're based in idyllic Wellington, 40
minutes North of Cape Town. This region is increasingly being recognised
(not just by us - we promise!) as the place to make wine, even more so
than the more traditional Stellenbosch and Franschoek Vine Yards.
Among some scintillating and differentiated offerings,they produce a
wonderful couple of Red Blends, known to their friends as the Hat Trick
and Cricket Pitch, in recognition of the fact that these grapes are
situated right next door to Schalk's cricket Oval, said to be of Test
Match standard although I am yet to play there! What are of Test Match
standard however are the wines, decided only recently by none other than
Jimmy Anderson, England's best cricketer, on National Television.
A little further South-East, you find Hermanus, of whale watching fame
and home to Bob Skinstad, the legendary former Springbok No 8 and to the
Sumaridge Estate. The Maritimus and Epitome Vintages produced here are
particularly fantastic, but there are many more besides. We are truly
So the other big news at Charlie the Wine HQ is that we are linking up
with The Rugby Business Network and will be supplying wine to their
members. This organisation brings together Rugby and Business People to
explore ways in which they can work together both mid and post career -
this is a much needed initiative and we are passionate in our support!
Now (just to keep you in the loop) Bob runs their South African operations
so that's how that happened and it all links in rather nicely.
But just in case you think this is all about the Rainbow Nation, let me
put your mind at ease, we also control a global portfolio of selected
brands, many of course from Rugby Playing Nations. We have even found a
couple of lovely English Sparkling Wines , which are all the rage. As an
optimistic Ex-England Rugby International, I need to have some patriotic
blends in the mix!
I DONT NEED TO TELL YOU ALL THAT WITH THE RUGBY WORLD CUP ONLY ROUND THE CORNER, WE ARE FEELING VERY EXCITED .
STAND BY FOR SOME CHRISTMAS OFFERS JUST TO GET YOU GOING. LETS HAVE SOME FUN AT CHARLIE THE WINE !