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The French wine group Les Grands Chais de France (LGCF) has taken over the historic Neethlingshof wine estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The estate already has over 100 hectares of vines, but LGCF plans to plant another 27 hectares in the next two years. In 2021, Neethlingshof produced 600,000 bottles. The company's goal now is to double that amount to 1.2 million by 2024, he said.

The Neethlingshof estate was founded in 1692 by German settler Willem Barend Lubbe and changed hands several times. In 1985, the German banker Hans Joachim Schreiber bought the estate. It stands for the production of high-quality, vegan wines, such as The Estate, The Short Story Collection and the 1802 Collection series.

"Neethlingshof is one of South Africa's most storied wineries with an outstanding reputation for producing award-winning wines," says Mark Kears, managing director for the UK and Ireland at LGCF. The Alsace-based group is France's largest wine exporter and also the country's largest private producer, with 68 estates spread across the country. With brands such as Calvet and J.P. Chenet, the group is strongly represented on international markets.

The company has only recently changed its corporate strategy and since then has increasingly focused on buying wineries around the world. Thus, LGCF has taken over the wineries Las Niñas in Colchagua (Chile), Castillo de Aresan in Spain and Danubiana in Hungary.

(ru / Source: Decanter; Photo: Neethlingshof)