In 2006, Emma and Jeremy Borg decided to create a wine company with one aim – to raise money to build a more hopeful future for the remarkable and highly endangered painted wolf. Creating the company involved many wonderful collaborations with friends from all walks of life, and over the years, with the help of these exceptional people, Painted Wolf Wines has grown to become a leading producer of award-winning wines. They now have three distinctive and memorable ranges, are never afraid to try something a little bit off the beaten track and have raised upwards of R2.5 million for conservation along the way.
The wines are made in the Hemel-en-Aarde, Wellington and Voor Paardeberg, where Jeremy and Emma have their friends and colleagues who share cellar space with them. “Wherever possible we avoid the use of commercial yeast and keep the winemaking process as natural as possible. Our wines are fermented in an assortment of small vessels with manual punchdowns being the norm, and we have been known to engage in a bit of foot stomping when necessary! All in all we take an old-fashioned, hands-on approach and our wines receive a lot of love and attention on their journey to the bottle.”
Wine maker Jeremy Borg had been the sales & marketing manager at famous Fairview Wines before he started his own winery. In the meantime he managed to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Wine Business at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Jeremy : “I like to work in harmony with each batch of grapes which we harvest. There are no recipes for wine making at Painted Wolf. Each vineyard and vintage provides us with grapes which are slightly different. The taste, feel, size, colour and sugar levels of each all drive my wine making decisions. I like to use the natural yeast found on the skins of our grapes and I do not want the wood to dominate the fruit as I am looking for balance and vivacity in my wines.”