Wine Village Hermanus,
South Africa’s top fine wine retailer since 1998,
is now under new stewardship.
On 1 June 2022, Paul and Cathy du Toit handed the keys of this winelands institution to the new owner, Jean-Pierre Rossouw.
In 1998, Paul and Cathy du Toit established what has become an iconic home for fine South African wine. Now, 24 years later, Wine Village Hermanus is still one of the largest privately-owned specialist wine shops in the world. Showcasing more than 4,000 fine wines and spirits, all of which are proudly South African.
Now, with Wine Village Hermanus as his foundation and home, he looks forward to sharing his knowledge and love for telling the story of South Africa through grower to vine to wine.
Says Jean-Pierre: “It feels like the past 23 years have been training me for this… As the culmination of my wine journey, heading up Wine Village Hermanus is a great honour. I relish this incredible opportunity to take this fine wine retailer into its next decades. Wine Village is a true icon and I thank Paul and Cathy for entrusting it to me. I know an exciting future awaits!”
Paul du Toit adds: “We have known Jean-Pierre for over 10 years and his knowledge, love for the industry and interpersonal relationships make him the perfect person to expand the company’s global vision, and keep the legacy that is Wine Village Hermanus strong. Cathy and I are delighted that our Wine Village has Jean-Pierre as its next custodian, and we wish him and the team all the very best.”
Events & Special Notices
GPS Coordinates: S34°24’40.7” E019°12’1.9”
South Africa’s premium speciality wine shop, Wine Village – Hermanus, is based at the foot of the picturesque Hemel en Aarde Valley.
Representing more than 700 South African wine producers all wine lovers are spoiled for choice.
The owner, Jean-Pierre Rossouw, has a deep passion for wine and is committed to continuing with the excellent service, quality products, knowledge and experience in shipping wine worldwide that Wine Village is known for.
History and some typical previous events.
An ode to Paul & Cathy Du Toit
The Wine Village is a business built on celebrations. Every single bottle in stock celebrates a specific harvest, winemaker, team of vineyard workers or a special moment. With an extensive collection of South Africa’s finest wines, a team of wine experts and many years of the wine business to boost the Wine Village share their experience in the celebration of special moments.
The inimitable Paul du Toit was born in Zimbabwe but moved to KwaZulu-Natal at an early age due to his father’s work on a large pineapple farm. Visiting the pineapple canning factory as a youngster Paul was in awe of the process and the aromas of canned pineapple. This was the start of a sensory journey that would later shape his life.
Paul, together with his wife and business partner Cathy, fondly, gratefully and proudly look back to the time when they opened the Wine Village in 1998. This was only one year after their arrival in Hermanus and following a first attempt at doing business locally through their garden services business. We are all so grateful that they changed course!
Back in 1998, there were only six wine farms in the Walker Bay wine ward. Today there are more than thirty producers in close proximity and the nearby Hermanus, Bot River, Elgin and Stanford Wine Routes have been pinned to the South African Wine Route map.
The first producers to supply the Wine Village will always be remembered fondly as these businesses have grown with every bottle added to the shelves of the Wine Village. Paul Cluver, Newton Johnson Family Wines, Hamilton Russell Vineyards and Bouchard Finlayson have been a part of the wine displays since the beginning. These displays and the wine shop have supported the local trade, producers and tourism sector since the very first day of trade.
Understanding what it means to start a business made the team sympathetic to the growing pains of small businesses and they endearingly always made time to listen to suppliers, customers and the community. The family and their business were always eager to get involved in new initiatives and have always been familiar faces at sporting events organised in the region.
There have been many changes over the years. Wine labels have changed, winemakers have come and gone and new blends have been added. The one constant has been the Du Toit family selling wine and sharing wine stories at Wine Village at the start of the Hemel-en-Aarde Road.
Many people will forever remember and refer to the fantastic Wine & Food Festivals hosted by the Wine Village with great appreciation and fond memories.
We wish Paul & Cathy a most Blessed retirement.
(Knowing them, they probably are as busy as ever! : )
Previous Events & Accolades.
Six generations of Louws have practiced their art with skill and passion at Diemersdal since the Estate passed into their hands in 1885. More than 12 decades later, Diemersdal is a well-known landmark in the lush Durbanville Valley, one of the Cape’s oldest wine regions.
Join us for an evening of wine tasting on
7 August 2018
Presented by Wine Village & Diemersdal
The Class Room – Hemel & Aarde Village
18:00 – 20:00
Join us for a fine wine time
Visitors welcome at R60p/p
Wine Village Hermanus for Every Celebration