Indian industrialist buys stake in South African Winery

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analjitleeu.jpgMullineux Family Wines is now Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, (read, Mullineux & Singh Family, “leeu” means “lion” as does “singh”) with the acquisition of the award-winning Riebeek Kasteel winery in South Africa’s Swartland by Analjit Singh, chairman of Max India Above: Analjit Singh flanked by Chris and Andrea Mullineux


Husband-wife duo, Andrea and Chris Mullineux set up the winery in 2007 in collaboration with partners, Keith Prothero and Peter Dart. Analjit’s Leeu International Investments Limited has bought Prothero’s shares giving him a substantial stake in the company while Chris and Andrea maintain their current ownership and operational control of the winery. Peter Dart remains a shareholder.
Sourcing grapes from the rich Riebeek Valley that boasts a Mediterranean climate with granite and shale terroirs, the winery produces some of South Africa’s best wines. Their select portfolio of hand-crafted wines boasts a local and international reputation.
Analjit Singh said, “We are delighted to join Chris and Andrea in this exciting venture as they bring the passion, quality and focus that is essential to be ‘best in class’, which is a prerequisite for anything we are involved in.”
Equally excited about the new partnership, Andrea and Chris said, “We are as dedicated as ever to continue our minimalist approach to winemaking and focus on expression of the Swartland terroir. This investment is not only great for the Mullineux brand, but also for the entire Swartland region, the home and headquarters of our Mullineux and Kloof Street wines.”
What can be called a great opportunity for expanding Indian wine ties with the world, Editor-in-Chief, Reva K. Singh, noted, “This is an interesting new development in the Indian wine market and I am excited about the future of wine in India.”

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