Our History

Originally from Bordeaux where our family owns 3 wine estates, we fell in love with South Africa during our many travels to the country.

Our dream was to combine both, the Old & the New World, to make wines close to our vision of perfection. Therefore, we decided to purchase this boutique wine estate of 32 hectares (including 24 on vines) located in Simonsberg valley in 2004.

Manual harvesting, selection of the best grapes, French oak and Acacia barrel ageing, combined with a French "savoir-faire" from our South-African winemaker Jos Van Wyk, will lead you to explore some of the finest wines produced in the region.

Our People

General Manager
After working for Solms-Delta, Soline Lippe de Thoisy joined Marianne in March 2018. Originally from France, she spent most of her life travelling the world before making South Africa her home. She is not only passionate about wine, but she is also a book lover and a writer. She is attentive and always cares about people. Full of ideas when it comes to create new projects, her energy and enthusiasm are highly contagious!
French, Afrikaans, English, Italian you name it! Jos is the perfect blend of all of these cultures and strong on different experiences in both, the New- and Old "wine world", (including cellar work under guidance of the famous Michel Rolland) he is the perfect incarnation of Marianne's spirit.
Strong of more than 10 years of experience at the famous estate De Toren, Ernest joined Marianne in September 2017 and our grapes have never been happier. We call him the vine's whisperer as he understands them, their needs and their strength, better than anyone.
Sales Manager
Born in Swaziland and bred in KwaZulu Natal, Brian Braite Nhlanhla Mahlangu moved to Cape Town in 2001. He worked there as a bartender in restaurants and hotels and won several competitions (Regional Finalist of Chaînes de Rôtisserie Sommelier competition in 2013, National Finalist of Cape Legends Interhotel Challenge), then became a sommelier and worked at the Drostdy Hotel in Graaf-Reinet and for 2 years at Cape Grace, before joining Marianne in May 2018.
Tasting Room Manager
Yolandi has a natural passion for food, wine and hospitality and has over 10 years’ experience in her field. If you don’t see her in our tasting room entertaining our guests, you will find her with her family, enjoying nature at its finest.
Hospitality Manager
World traveller, wine lover, Emilie past her last 10 years living her passion: selling wine to people around Europe. In South Africa since less than 1 year, she decided to stay for the love of Marianne’s wines. She loves them all but don’t worry she’ll be willing to share if you ask her nicely...
Admin Manager
Deorette is a real “Paarliet”, always full of life and energy. You hear her laugh from miles. After a career in the banking sector, Deorette joined the farm in June and brought with her rigour, professionalism and joie de vivre.
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