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Danie is a rare gem in South Africa. He’s the 4th generation of a family winemaking dynasty. His grandfather was one of the first to plant Pinotage in South Africa and their Chenin Blanc vineyard is the second oldest in the country.
After working in wineries all over the world, Danie returned home to work for his family business. Some of South Africa’s most prestigious wines are made from his family’s grapes, which big wineries queue up for.
His good friend Johan Kruger says "he’s got everything – the land, the fruit, the talent, the awards, the quality wines, and amazing potential". Now, with the backing of Angels, Danie will finally get his own name on the label.
Raised in the family vineyards in a typical southern French village, Michel took advantage of all the local customs and traditions.
A self-defined ‘peasant researcher’, he loves to challenge himself at all stages of the winemaking process from growing to the final product in a bottle.
Michel says meeting Phillipe Cambie was a major turn in defining his personal style. Their main goal is to reveal the true potential of Grenache and they’ve certainly done just that with their Halos de Jupiter Costieres de Nimes 2018.
Despite Stefan having the wealth of 370 years of family winemaking experience and tradition available to him, he’s determined to reinvent himself and find his own unbeaten path.
Calling himself a wine grower and not a winemaker, Stefan believes it’s what happens when the grapes are on the vine that sets up his wines to be special.
Using the unique microclimate of Austria to his advantage, and a lot of gut decision making, Stefan's dream is to carry on the family motto of getting the highest quality with no strings attached but while adapting to all the current challenges faced by so many winemakers.
Natalia and Maria met in their first week at university, where they studied Agronomy. From that day, they shared a clear dream and passion to make wine which represents the true Chile.
Their free spirited, low intervention, method of winemaking allows the flavours from the grapes, soil and terroir all shine through.
Natalia and Maria helped a local winegrower after devastating fires tore through the community, buying the fruit to keep his business going. Turns out to be one of the best decisions, and they are still making the same wine 3 years on.
They make wines that are balanced, fresh and easy to drink - so one glass can easily turn into a few more.
The Pidault family have been making wine for many years but 2008 marked the start of a great adventure for them when they bought Chateau de Pierreclos. Things may have got off to a rocky start when a hail storm destroyed most of their first years harvest but the family bounced back and have been going strong ever since!
You can expect some stunning Burgundies from this Chard and Pinot-Noir loving family (we wouldn’t expect their fave varieties to be anything else!)
Jean Marie is so excited to join the Naked family and share the familys’ adventures with Angels. Just don’t ask him about the time he got stuck in a wine tank...upside down…!
Growing up, Reenen could be found sipping leftover wine at the family winery so it's safe to say he’s been destined for a life in the vineyards from a young age!
He took charge of the family business back in 2012 and has been busy producing some seriously fine wines ever since. Look out for delicious drops of Syrah and Chenin Blanc; they top his favourites list thanks to their ability to showcase the flavours and aromas of their terroir beautifully.
Vineyards in South Africa are often ripped up as farmers turn to more profitable crops, but, thanks to Angel funding, Reenen is able to pay growers a good price for their grapes, meaning many old and exceptional vineyards stay rooted in the ground; where they belong!
We’d been looking for a good Macedonian wine for ages. Turns out the missing ingredient was Marko. He's had a top-flight career in France, making some of the world’s most famous drops, including Chateau Palmer in Margaux, and Vieux Telegraphe in Châteauneuf du Pape.
Marko could have settled for being toasted in the salons of Paris. Instead, he gave it all up and went back to his roots. He’s a passionate Macedonian who knew his homeland had the potential for amazing wines. But finding markets for the unfashionable region was tough, until he found Naked, and we found him. A panel of Archangels tasted the wine he sent in, and absolutely loved it.
Marko told us his dream was to find a bigger audience to showcase his country’s wines. We explained how 250,000 Angels were waiting to drink them. It felt like a marriage made in heaven. So we shook on it.