I recently spent a week on a road trip around the Western Cape in South Africa. I had the pleasure of staying at some incredible locations in the region. A few months ago, an Instagram post caught my attention: a young winemaker, Trevor DeRuise, had packed up his life in Los Angeles and moved across to the Cape of Good Hope to make wine for a few months. Months have turned into years, and he hardly seems lost, South Africa is now his home.
We are incredibly happy to have him stay, as he is making superb wine in the Cape Agulhas region. It is called Lost Boy Wines. If Trevor is not on his mountain bike exploring the Fynbos and the mountains, you will find him surrounded by barrels and vats, or doing wine tastings on the beach.
Just a short drive from Gansbaai, I made a point of stopping off to meet with Trevor and try some of his wine. Lost Boy Wines supports 4 wildlife organisations, and a significant portion of wine sales goes towards these very worthwhile causes. He also offers a refund if you do not like his wine. At first, I thought this was a rather bold statement to make, but after sampling his wines… I now understand that he is just being honest and rather modest. These are some of the best wines I have ever tasted. He suggested I drink the wine in the Cape Agulhas, as it will taste better. He is right. Although it tastes particularly good in Johannesburg too. Be sure to give Trevor at Lost Boy Wines a visit if you are ever in his neighbourhood. Don’t forget your mountain bike!
Find his story and website here.
We are very excited to be collaborating with Trevor DeRuise and look forward to formalising a loyal commitment to conservation in Africa and exposing as many people as possible to his beautiful wine.