The backstory behind Scali Wines reads like the opening of a Hollywood adventure movie. The great-great-grandfather of the current owner, Willie de Waal, had run away from home in the Northern Cape to seek his fortune… which he duly found in the shape of a sizeable diamond he cut from the rocks of the Kimberley mining region. Having been fascinated by the wine industry since childhood, he swapped his diamond for a large wine estate named Schoone Oord (which translates as ‘beautiful place’ in Dutch), and the Scali winery was born. Five generations later, Scali is run by Willie and his wife, Tania, who have dedicated their lives to furthering the original vision of the winery’s founder and taking South African wines into the 21st century.
Scali is situated on the southeastern slopes of Paardeberg, which sits between the wine regions of Paarl and Malmesbury. Their operation is one of the growing numbers of organic wineries in South Africa, and since gaining their organic certification, Willie and Tania have championed the zero chemical-intervention approach, with their superb produce as the proof of its effectiveness. These are wines which truly capture the uniqueness and character of their shale-rich terroir, and which really express beautifully what makes this part of the world so special. Scali is a winery which was founded on a gift from the earth, and the same soils have never stopped giving since.
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