WELCOME TO COMPAGNIESDRIFT

Having started with only 4 wine producers at the outset we have grown from strength to strength and have subsequently secured commitment from 50 wine producers to store their wine, with a total of 2.5 million bottles already in the warehouse. The facility is available to local wine producers and offers a cost-effective alternative to those producers who either do not have their own facilities or require transportation of their wine over long distances to acquire such facilities.

Compagniesdrift Wines were launched in May 2015 by farm workers with ties to leading Stellenbosch wine properties Meerlust, Vriesenhof and Ken Foresterr. Our range of quality wines are made by renowned winemaker Altus Treurnicht.

Compagniesdrift cares deeply for its workers and their families and created a work environment with a strong sense of family and belonging.

We invest in our staff’s personal and career growth by continuously enrolling them in training and development programmes.

As breast cancer affected the Compagniesdrift family personally when our MD was positively diagnosed in 2019, the company dedicates a percentage of the proceeds of our Chardonnay Pinot Noir to breast health awareness amongst the female staff members.

“Our values are honesty, integrity and dedication; and combining our passion for people we ensure business success” – Ilse Ruthford, MD

OUR STORY

People and partners are two of the cornerstones on which Compagniesdrift is built.

The Myburgh Family Trust, owners of renowned Meerlust Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, was the driving force behind the establishment of Compagniesdrift to ensure meaningful and economically viable empowerment of their workers.

The Meerlust Workers’ Trust owns Compagniesdrift since July 2019. The company was initially started in collaboration with the Myburgh Family Trust, Standard Bank and the Department of Land Affairs through its Land Reform and Development programme. The 72 beneficiaries have long standing relations with Meerlust, Vriesenhof and Ken Forrester wineries.


Bossie Boshoff

Production Manager


Ilse Ruthford

Managing Director


Veraline Davids

Finance Manager


Altus Treurnicht

Wine Maker

WE CARE

Compagniesdrift cares deeply for its workers and their families and created a work environment with a strong sense of family and belonging.

We invest in our staff’s personal and career growth by continuously enrolling them in training and development programmes.

As breast cancer affected the Compagniesdrift family personally when our MD was positively diagnosed in 2019, the company dedicates a percentage of the proceeds of our Chardonnay Pinot Noir to breast health awareness amongst the female staff members.

Our Services

OUR SERVICES

Compagniesdrift offers a modern temperature-controlled storage with a capacity of up to 3 million bottles.

Our labelling service offers convenience to clients as we can label on demand according to the required quantities.

We also provide re-work services for export purposes and special holiday promotions for the retail sector and will soon be offering a bottling facility on site.

The storage facility was established in December 2010 and has since grown from an initial four clients to more than fifty clients currently.

The facility is available to local wine producers and offers a cost-effective alternative to producers who requires storage and in-house labelling facilities.

We rank amongst the best storage facilities in the industry.

SOME OF OUR VALUED CLIENTS

Our Wines

OUR WINES

Our superb, award-winning wine range, available in local and international retail outlets and soon in our own tasting room, are carefully crafted by our gifted winemaker, Altus Treurnicht, who is also the winemaker at the world-renowned Meerlust Wine Estate.

Compagniesdrift wines are selected for its fruit expression and purity of flavour, which makes it an ideal food companion.

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

With intense black currant plum and spice on the nose, these flavours follow through on the palate coupled with a rich juiciness and soft, silky tannins.

This wine is perfect for roast meat and game.

It can be aged from 4 – 8 years from vintage.

Our 2017 vintage received a silver award in the 2018 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.

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Chardonnay

This pale wine has a vibrant green hue in the glass. On the nose, aromas of white pears and apricots with nuances of lemon comes to mind. As the wine evolves in the glass, aromas of apricot become more evident.

This versatile wine can be enjoyed anywhere and at any time.

It can be aged for up to 2 years in ideal cellar storage conditions.

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Chardonnay Pinot Noir

This blend consists of 25% Pinot Noir allowing for nuances of pomegranate, cherries, and various red fruit flavours to be detected on the nose, besides the tropical flavours from the Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir also adds depth of flavour on the mid- palate. Summer and spring come to mind when one thinks of this wine.

Salads and cold meat like carpaccio, with some capers or pastas will be a great food companion with this wine.

Our 2019 vintage received a bronze award in the 2020 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.

A percentage of the proceeds of our Chardonnay Pinot Noir sales is donated to breast health awareness.

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PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY

Our Farm

OUR FARM

Our vegetable garden is our pride and joy. When our MD, Ilse Ruthford, was named Top Female Entrepreneur for Agri-processing by the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 2014 , she donated part of her prize money to establish the garden.

Tended with love and care by our dedicated staff, our garden flourishes with crops which we gladly share with you.

We’ve recently developed a delectable range of beetroot, fig and melon preserves and pickled onions that will simply tickle your tastebuds! Our secret recipes keep our growing list of customers coming back for more!

We will soon be expanding our product range so keep an eye out for more sweet and tangy treats.

Order via email info@compagniesdrift.com or call us on: (021) 8433 902/913

NEWS

In Good Compagniesdrift

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Five reasons why Compagniesdrift makes the case for doing good business… For almost a decade, Compagniesdrift has fulfilled a vital role in the wine value chain. On 1 December 2010, Compagniesdrift served four wine

Ilse Ruthford

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Ilse Anne Ruthford was born and bred in Pniel, a small village between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, matriculating at Bloemhof Girl's High in 1994. She finished a diploma in Marketing, working in various fields within