What began as a festive three barrel foot stomp event attended by a handful of friends on a south peninsula beach in 1996, produced a very palatable Syrah, and saw the founding in 1997 of the first true micro-winery in the Western Cape with Pinot Noir the main focus.
The aptly named Barefoot Wine Company trading as Catherine Marshall Wines has long outgrown its humble origins to become a legendary institution and exporting to most wine consumer destinations world- wide.
After scouring vineyards throughout the Western Cape, the decision was made in 2007 to source all grapes from cool climate Elgin and to craft both red and whites wines with a fresh, bright and aromatic profile.
Cathy heads up vineyard selection, wine production, marketing and sales whilst Greg Mitchell supports the behind- the- scenes business side of the Company. Jonathan Oxenham, Cathy’s son helps out in the cellar during the harvest season.
The grapes destined for the range are selected from reputable growers in the Elgin Valley. The range includes Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a fortified dessert red wine under the Catherine Marshall Wines label and Chenin Blanc and Merlot under the Amatra label (funded by a few international and local investors)
Catherine Marshall Wines is the first eponymous range in South Africa to be released by a woman winemaker.