Founding partners and long time friends Johan du Toit and Oliver Kirsten started their journey in wine in 2004 when they founded their first winery, The Juno Wine Company. Their second venture in wine, The Grape Grinder, was launched in 2010 with a singular aim: to create excellently branded, consumer-focused, award-winning wines.
 
The last thirteen years have been used to scour the premier appellations of the Western Cape for distinctive wines and forging partnerships with only the best cellars to make sure they source the very finest in value for the winery’s various wine brands.
 
Their choice of partner cellar has always been guided by the importance of social responsibility and sustainable labour and agricultural practices.
 
This continuous search for excellent value wines, coupled with their focus on strong branding has resulted in a series of wines with a long string of top awards for wine and packaging alike.
 
Medals & Awards
 
Michelangelo Wine Awards 2017
DOUBLE GOLD
 
- The Grinder  Blue Moose
Michelangelo Wine Awards 2017 GOLD
 
CAPE FYNBOS GIN
- The Grinder Shiraz
 
-The Milkwood Shiraz
Michelangelo Wine Awards 2016 Trophy
The Grinder Pinotage
- Best Coffee Pinotage in SA
 
Shanghai Wine and Spirits Festival 2016
- The Grinder Pinotage - Most Popular Wine on Show
 
Korea Wine & Spirits Awards 2017  
- The Grinder Pinotage - Best New World Wine
 
Decanter World Wine Awards
- Numerous Gold, Silver Outstanding and Silver medals
 
International Wine & Spirits Challenge
- Numerous Gold, Silver Outstanding and Silver medals
 
World Wine Awards of Canada
- Judge’s Choice (2014 and 2015)

Our latest addition . . . .

CAPE FYNBOS GIN
CAPE FYNBOS GIN
GOLD PACK AWARD
GOLD - BEST IN PAPER & BOARD
Cape Fynbos Gin Carton
MCHELANGELO AWARDS - GOLD

A Short History (of nearly everything )