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

Soline
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!
Jos
Winemaker
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.
Ernest
Viticulturist
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.
Brian
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.
Cisca
Tasting Room Manager
Cisca is a born and bred “ Stellenbosser” and by growing up in the winelands, she developed a real love and passion for wine. After school she took a “4 year gap year” and travelled all over the USA. There she developed her love for people and taking on new challenges. After returning to South Africa, she got her Diploma in Human Resource Management. Together with her passion for wine and her big love for people, the tasting room is where she can have the best of both worlds.
Emilie
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...
Deorette
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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