Nelson Mandela Bay’s Very Own Estate Wine

  • 05 September 2018 | By Kerryn Botha

It’s every wine connoisseur’s dream - a wine farm to call their own. One Nelson Mandela Bay couple, Roger and Sandra Futter, have made the dream a reality, but they didn’t escape to the Western Cape or buy a Villa in France, they did it right here, in the Bay.



Being the first of its kind in the Bay, learning the skills involved in growing grapes and the art of wine making didn’t come easy. It was a lot of trial and error and not having the luxury of having neighbouring farms and experts in the field just minutes away as they do in the Western Cape, meant that Roger and Sandra faced many challenges that they had to navigate themselves.


The first vines were planted in 2006, but the Estate was only opened to the public on the 9th of November 2011. The farm is home to approximately 2800 vines consisting of five cultivars, namely; two reds - Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage and three white varieties - White Muscadel, Chenin Blanc and Sémillon. All the wine produced on the Farm, are made from these grapes. No grapes are brought in and all production happens on the farm. It really is a labour of love.



Sandra is an absolute well of knowledge when it comes to growing and making wine. A wine farm tour and wine tasting is a definite must when visiting Theescombe Estate Wines. No matter how little or how much you know about wine, you’re sure to learn something new with Sandra as your guide.   



That’s not all Theescombe Estate Wine has to offer, they’re well known for their scrumptious specials. This month specials included Chicken Schnitzel, Cheese Sauce and Chips for R45 on Thursday 13 September from 18:00 and Burger and Chips for R35 on Thursday 27 September from 18:00. Bookings are essential for catering purposes. Good food, good vino and good company always make for good memories. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for future events.


The venue is also available for small functions and weddings being able to seat 60 people. If you’ve been on the hunt for a venue for an upcoming function, you may just have found a little gem.


Have you paid Theescombe Estate Wines a visit or is this the first you’re hearing of them? Let us know in the comments below



For more scrumptious foodie friendly ideas have a look at all the things to do and see in and around the Bay or pick up a Nelson Mandela Bay Pass Card and treat yourself and your loved ones to a Port Elizabeth Beer Tour or a gourmet picnic at Thunzi Bush Lodge, but if you have a pass, why not do both.

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