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Lourens Family Wines, Paarl & Stellenbosch

LourensFranco Lourens has spent years in the industry learning and refining his craft. He is now assistant winemaker to Chris Alheit at Alheit vineyards.

With all this exposure to diverse winemaking methods and sought after vineyards, it was only natural that Franco wanted to set up his own venture – an idea Chris Alheit strongly encouraged and continues to support to this day.

Franco currently produces two wines in his range (a red wine and white wine) but watch this space for even more exciting ventures in the future.

His Howard John Carignan 2014 comes from old vineyards in Paarl and is 100% Carignan – a rarity in South Africa. The name of the wines refers to Franco’s father who has been a true source of courage to him in following his dream as a winemaker.

The 2015 Lindi Carien Verdelho comes from a 21 year old block and is the oldest Verdelho block in South Africa, according to Sawis.

Franco made this wine so that he could make some extra money to buy his then fiancé an engagement ring. He therefore named his wine in honour of his now ever supporting wife Lindi Carien Lourens.

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