On the 2nd of February 1659, Jan van Riebeeck, the first Commander of the Cape, noted in his diary: “Fine warm weather…Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes.”
On the 2nd of February 2009, three hundred and fifty vintages later, four men share a passion for wine and a vision for the future: a world-class wine from South Africa, combining the best terroirs of the Cape with Old World winemaking expertise. On the ground was Giorgio Dalla Cia, whose knowledge of South African vineyards is legendary. Thrilled by the idea, Denis Dubourdieu joins the group: master winemaker to numerous icon wines in Bordeaux, Hermitage and elsewhere.
The first vintage G. 2010 was released to rave reviews.
The 2011 and 2012 continue to set a new standard.
The First Growth of the Cape is conquering the world.
Godfather of Icon wines, master winemaker behind the wines of Château Cheval Blanc and Château d’Yquem in Bordeaux, and La Chapelle in Hermitage, professor of oenology at the University of Bordeaux, Prof Denis has crafted some of the greatest wines of his generation. At 4G, he recognizes that rarest of visions, the terroir to make a wine that will stand as an equal to the greatest wines from around the world. It is a challenge that he embraces. 2. Valérie has worked as an associate with Denis Dubourdieu for more than twenty years. A renowned expert in the science of wine aromas, she is also recognized world-wide for her research on the ageing process of wines. Her work with 4G continually pushes us forward, upward.
A legend in South Africa, creator of such wines as Rubicon at Meerlust Estate, Giorgio has been the Spiritus Rector of 4G. A visionary pioneer in his native land, he combines an unparalleled knowledge of the vineyards and terroirs of the Cape with a drive that permits no obstacles. 2.Feet on the ground, hands in the wine. Mia Fischer has winemaking experience in four countries on three continents. She is the craftsman that realizes the vision of her guiding lights, Denis and Giorgio. Tireless, with a painstaking attention to details, Mia carefully carries the wines from the crush pad to the bottle.
Trained at the famous Berlin Weissensee school of design, Sebastian’s work has appeared in exhibitions in Berlin, Zurich, Riga and Hannover. Creative ideas flow effortlessly from his mind. His uncanny eye for the natural world, combined with an endlessly creative application of flawless technique, make his work a perfect match for 4G.
Feedback from leading international wine experts confirms that G. receives recognition for being the First Growth of the Cape.