The Garajeest is the premium, handcrafted wine brand of Callan Williams. Focused on the unconventional and a creative spirit, Callan’s dream of making wine that has edge, authenticity, character and convincingly translates the honest and down to earth character of the cultivar, is now being realized.
Bruce Cabernet Franc & Jim Semillon - both produced in limited numbers - are inspired by icons that embody a time and movement that resonates with the unique taste profile of each vintage. Like the Bruce (Springsteen) and the Jim (Morrison) her Magnum editions Jagger and Cobain resonate these same values and characteristics.
The music comes to life as the wine is enjoyed, swept up in an era of true talent and passion-filled freedoms. The Garajeest creates wines that are cultivar expressive and terroir driven, with minimal intervention in the cellar.
Zimbabwe-born Callan Williams founded the Garajeest in 2014 after stints as assistant winemaker at Iona, and work experience at Villiera while completing her training at Elsenburg. She also worked at Elgin Ridge helping with its social media and doing some cellar work. Prior to all this, she’d been on the verge of a career as a ballet dancer: “I hung up my pointy shoes in exchange for vellies.”
She is known for her unconventional approach to the finer things in life, promoting passion and honesty with no boundaries. Embracing the road less travelled with a fearless spirit.
Callan takes a stand for the rebels with a cause, the dreamers, the lovers and the believers, inspiring the thinkers to become the doers.“The Garajeest is a brand that best represents me and the music I love. Music unites us all in our diversities, and I believe food and wine have the power to do so as well.”
Tamlyn Currin, renowned wine writer and editor in WineMag.co.za : “I have absolutely no doubt that this woman knows how to make wine. Not just that. She is brave, resourceful, resilient, determined and disciplined. She is as intense and as authentic as her Sémillon, as warm as her Cabernet Franc. And what she’s achieved in less than 10 years doesn’t just take talent and passion: it takes balls of steel.”