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...and my favorite video clip from the owl box: True love!

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2020 is a jubilee year!


20 years ago, we bottled our first Merlot. Admittedly, it was not a masterpiece, but it was the beginning of our new career. A lot has happened since, and there are many good memories. A musician friend and regular visitor even composed a little ballad about it. We have completed it with images and created a jubilee music video.
Just click on the link above to watch it.
(Music: Thorsten Eden www.diepullies.de)

Rain water harvesting at Bein Wine

June 2018: Water is increasingly scarce in the Cape. So we decided to set up a rainwater harvesting system. We are confident that we can cover the entire demand in house and cellar, since we have relatively large roof areas, and even that little bit of rain of a dry year should be enough for us. The water is collected in large tanks and treated through a special filter system to drinking water quality, before it is fed into the home network - and the great thing about it: our water tastes better than city water, and is even without chlorine or other additives, ideal for a wine cellar!

Satellite technology for Bein Wine

www.fruitlook.co.za(2013) The currently reigning El Nino brings about stressful drought periods in the Cape. Fortunately, we have good scientific tools to assess the water needs of our vineyard. We already long relied on soil moisture probes as well as on the evaluation of current weather data. What is new is satellite-based multispectral analysis of the water status of our vines. This allows us a good estimate of our vine's effective water use. Moreover, it gives us additional information regarding growth and even nitrogen status of our plants. This service is available thanks to an initiative of the Western Cape Department of Agricultural, which aims at promoting water saving in agriculture. For more information, have a look at www.fruitlook.co.za .

Bein Wine goes solar!

As you know, we are full-heartedly committed to sustainable production. So it's only natural that we tap into solar energy. Since 2012, we have our own solar plant to produce electricity, particularly efficient for the essential cooling of the maturation cellar during the sunny-hot summer days. 

The Rock Kestrels love it, too!

Rock Kestrel breeding at the nist box at Bein Wine Cellar, StellenboschAfter a pair of rock kestrels showed interest in our owl box at the winery, we swiftly installed a second one just beside - and they gladly accepted it! So it happened that we have now owls and kestrels happily living together under one single roof, regularly raising 3-4 chicks each every year. Of course, there is a video clip of the kestrels, too.

Bein Merlot amongst the top 100 wines of South Africa

March 2011: It was a great surprise to be selected amongst the top 100 wines of South Africa by the exclusive panel of wine journalists of the South African online magazine GRAPE (not to be confused with the commercial top-100-SA-wine-competition). GRAPE is actually the only independent SA wine publication and for more than 10 years a great source of wine information.

...and further good marks for the Bein Merlot

20.Nov.2010: Our Merlots were well received by the judges for PLATTER'S 2011 edition, South Africa's most influential wine guide: 4 1/2 stars each for the Bein Merlot 2008 and 2009 as well as for the Merlot Reserve 2008, 4 Stars for the Little Merlot 2009, and 3 Stars for our Pink Merlot 2010, particularly recommended as best value rosé!

14.Nov. 2010: Silver medal for Bein Merlot 2008 at the prestigious MONDIAL DU MERLOT 2010 in Lugano (Switzerland), an international wine competiton exclusively for Merlots from all over the world.
Gold medal for the Bein Little Merlot 09 at the EMOZIONI DAL MONDO: MERLOT E CABERNET INSIEME 2010
16.Oct.2010: EMOZIONI DAL MONDO:MERLOT E CABERNET INSIEME, an international wine competiton in Brescia (Italy) specialised on Merlot/Cabernet wines, has rewarded our Little Merlot 2009 with a gold medal and the Press Prize for the best South African wine of the show.

Our barn owls on YouTube

There are currently barn owls and rock kestrels competing for our nest box at the winery as breeding place, so we simply put up a second box - now with a camcorder! Check out the sample below with the owls. More of it here on beinwine's youtube channel!

Bein Wine in Swiss Cash-TV

11.4.2010:  In the context of the Soccer World Cup, a series of South African reports have been screened on European TV, amongst others this little review about Bein Wine (in German).

DIAM helped us saying good-bye to corky wines....

May 2007 saw us for the first time using the brand-new DIAM-cork for all our bottles, and we'll stick to it - perhaps a small step for humanity, but a big step for us! This absolutely innovative stopper is ...(read more about DIAM)

The South African Wine Industry celebrates 350 years of winemaking

2009: Although South Africa is counted amongst the New World’s wine producers, the first Cape grapes were already pressed 350 years ago, in 1659 under Jan van Riebeeck.... read more about our interesting wine history

Precision Viticulture in Bein's Vinyard, a new concept of terroir

Ever heard about Precision Agriculture? Read more about this topic on our vineyard page, or download our info-poster "Precision Viticulture in Bein's Vineyard" (PDF/256 KB)