Made in South Africa.
Skinny Tinny is made in one of my favourite places in the world... the beautiful South Africa. I first fell in love after having a sip of Boekenhoutskloofs 'The Chocolate Block' and decided I just had to visit this place. I fell in love all over again on driving into Franschoek, seeing the dream like sun kissed landscape with vineyard after vineyard and mountains surrounding the valley. And finally I fell in love a third time on meeting my lovely South African other half Jonno!
In my opinion, it's one of the best wine regions with so much innovation and really high quality wines on offer. It felt like a no brainer for us when looking to create our new product which we needed to tick a number of boxes from having sustainable packaging, to being lower in calories & vegan friendly whilst retaining the best possible taste.
South Africa as a country is an amazing place for budding entrepreneurs, with significant growth of start ups and tech investment into the Western Cape in particular. We have personally found suppliers there to be greatly flexible for new start ups who want to do sample runs / small volumes with a plan to scale - so South Africa we thank you for helping us on our journey!
We make our wines in partnership with a family owned winery in the Western Cape based out in Robertson who are absolute experts in what they do and have a huge amount of experience and passion for making excellent South African wines. I was keen to use a lesser known grape for our bubbly white wine and considering we wanted to reduce the alcohol/calories we needed to ensure our base wine had strong depth of flavour. We chose to use 100% colombard for our bubbly white wine which is a French white grape variety and the offspring of Chenin blanc and Gouais blanc. It is widely grown across South Africa and well known for its notes of citrus and guava.
South Africa's wineries have had a very difficult past 12 months, with bans on both domestic alcohol sales and exports several times since the pandemic started. This is an industry, on which 290,000 lives are dependent so it had hugely devastating effects and the wineries are still recovering. We look forward to supporting the wine industry in South Africa for many more years to come.