Ginny Povall’s Botanica Wines Mary Delaney Collection Chenin Blanc has a cult-like following. How you may ask?
American-born winemaker Ginny Povall spent most of her adult life working in New York City. She has to confess that she does not have a ‘posh background in winemaking’. She arrived in South Africa in 2008 with some basic knowledge of winemaking through evening and weekend courses. The majority of those courses were in viticulture, with some wine chemistry and analysis thrown in. Her knowledge expanded over the years with, what she calls, ‘a ton of reading’.
As a result of this knowledge, she planted her first vineyards on her Devon Valley flower farm in 2009 with a high density of Bordeaux varieties. Having now completed her 11th harvest in South Africa, she’s got some solid credibility.
She farms organically, exports cut flowers, raises chickens and herds cats. Ginny considers herself a frustrated artist – her aesthetic shines through in her gardens, wine labels and the interior design of her guesthouse.