Jacoline Haasbroek alias My Wyn. Some people forget my name but remember me as “The woman from MyWyn”. My Wyn started in 2001 when I decided to round off my Wine Diploma II, presented at the time by the Cape Wine Academy, by buying a ton of grapes and making my own wine rather than by doing their Wine Master course. Wanted to see whether what I had learnt on paper also worked in practice. Thanks to some excellent grapes, Shiraz from La Motte, Franschhoek and the help of many knowledgeable friends, my first effort was a success, delivering a sought-after wine and the inspiration to continue. Today, nine years later, I am still making Shiraz from the same La Motte grapes. I have now also branched out to other cultivars and am a member of the Franschhoek Vignerons, where I am recognised as their smallest cellar.
My Wyn’s product range comes straight from the heart – my own style by choice, my procedures unique, my equipment antique. I buy in all my grapes from renowned local producers, from the same vineyards year after year. A trailer taking 75 crates, a destemmer , a 150-year-old crusher, five 500l barrels cut in half for maceration, a 40 kg basket press, a 4-teat bottling machine and a cork machine, plastic buckets, loads of woman power, passion and . . . patience.
I never make more than three barrels of any cultivar. My annual production is around 5 000 bottles, hand-made, hand-bottled. All the wine of My Wyn are unfiltered, labeled by hand (a bit off-centre) at times, and with a wax cap instead of a capsule. The nude female on the label symbolises the contents – unadorned and authentic, just as Mother Nature made her.
My Wyn Uithoek Farm, Uitkyk Str Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Tel: +27(0)21 876 2518