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About Manley Wine Lodge

David and Esther JordanThe estate was established by David Manley Jordan, who had farmed in the Free State, spent fifteen years on a sailing yacht, and then decided, with his wife Esther (both in the image on the left), to settle in Tulbagh, where they purchased Hunter’s Retreat in June 1996. David farmed with dairy cows, sheep, and later a few horses, while Esther ran the small guest house. Within a few years, they had upgraded the guest house facilities, built a dam, and started planting vines. The first two crops were harvested and sold to three private cellars, after which David decided to build his own cellar and make his own wine. The existing dairy and stables were converted into a barrel maturation cellar and a fermentation room was added on, and Manley Private Cellar is now a registered, award-winning wine estate.

In 2008, a London based South African, David Ovenden, on a visit to Tulbagh, loved Hunter’s Retreat so much that he took a majority stake in the farm, renaming it ‘Manley’ after David Jordan’s great wines. And shortly thereafter, with a small group of friends, took full control and expanded the business, and started to build the distribution of the wines.

Today most of the output is sold overseas, shipping largely to the UK but also to many other countries, in Europe and elsewhere.