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December 18, 2018

Neil Ellis joins Gonzalez Byass UK

Neil Ellis Wines, one of South Africa’s pioneering wine producers from Stellenbosch, has appointed Gonzalez Byass UK as their distributor from 1st February 2019. Neil Ellis Wines are known for their award-winning and distinctive wines that express the sites of origin.

For over forty years Neil Ellis himself has sought out and farmed the best places suited to the grape varieties that he really loves. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage come from the Jonkershoek Valley and the Bottelary Hills outside Stellenbosch and the Grenache from the Piekenierskloof, about two hours north of Cape Town. The Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Chardonnay emanate from the cool coastal sites of Groenekloof and Elgin, respectively.

Today the story of Neil Ellis isn’t just about Neil anymore. His offspring Warren, Charl and Margot all work at the winery in Stellenbosch. Eldest son Warren has assumed joint responsibility as winemaker and viticulturist while Charl heads up the commercial operations and Margot the marketing.

While highly influenced by classic European winemaking styles, Neil Ellis Wines combine the bright fruit of the New World with great restraint and balance. They take great pride in the age-ability of their wines and the wonderful complexity that they acquire.

On deciding to move distribution to GBUK, Neil says “first and foremost, at their roots, they are a family company with genuine values of working in long-term partnerships for mutual success. We firmly believe that GBUK can raise the profile of Neil Ellis in the UK and introduce our wine to a wider wine drinking public. We are joining a portfolio of like-minded premium producers and know that the team at GBUK will also be great ambassadors for Neil Ellis Wines.”

Martin Skelton, Managing Director of Gonzalez Byass UK says “at Cape Wine in September, I was blown away by the amazing quality and consistency across the range. For me, as best winery at the show, it is quite humbling that Neil Ellis and his family should wish to work with us in this market.”

The wines will be available via Gonzalez Byass UK from 1st February 2019. Please speak to your Account Manager or email for more information.

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