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In 1992 Italian-born Giulio Bertrand bought Morgenster, one of the jewels of the Cape. His first step was to restore the manor house, built-in 1786. Then he turned his attention to the hill in his back yard which reminded him strongly of his native home in Italy. With a lifelong philosophy of producing only the best, Giulio sought advice from experts who suggested that Morgenster’s terroir was perfectly suited to red wine grape varieties and olives.

While it is part of Italian culture to produce fine wines and olives together, the concept was an innovation in South Africa at the time. Giulio set out to produce world-class Bordeaux-styled wines and the highest quality extra virgin olive oil that South Africa had ever seen.

Giulio passed away in 2018, and his daughter, Federica is carrying his dream forward.

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