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SA’s Michelin star chef swaps the kitchen for the cellar with the launch of his own wine label

Since opening JAN, not only has the menu included enticing plays on South African food, but Jan Hendrik has made a point of ensuring that 60% of the wines from SA are on the wine-list. Cheers to that!

15 Dec 2017
 

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It seems like there's no stopping Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen. With wine having played a profound role in the culinary journey which lead to him becoming South Africa’s first Michelin-starred chef, he has just launched his first wines under his own label. We're excited! 


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The two wines (named after his award-winning restaurant JAN which is situated in the south of France), are blended from grape varieties grown on one of South Africa’s leading organic wine farms, Org de Rac in the Swartland region.

“In France, this might initially have been seen as taking coal to Newcastle, but I am a committed believer in South African wine as being able to be recognised on a par of quality with the best in the world,” he says. “JAN’s dishes showing a bit of South African boere-flair truly come to their own when paired with a local wine, and our clients from France and other European countries recognise this and really love it”, says the blonde, sparkly-eyed chef from Middelburg.


More about the wines: 

JAN white is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Roussanne and Verdelho while the JAN Red expresses Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Verdelho. Price for JAN red is R 2210 for 6 bottles JAN White 2016 for R 1657 for 6 bottles. A total of just 600 bottles were made. 

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