Crafted with Care
“The Fledge & Company is what happens when two folk don’t quite enjoy the status quo, when it’s your nature to go against the grain, when you need to forge a path mostly in the unknown, eschewing common place convention and taking that first defiant flight from the nest.
Hand crafting old school wines of integrity, unfaltering quality, defying perceptions of origin and being guided solely by the vine to showcase our passion – these are The Fledge & Co.’s reasons for being. Wines whispering of their origin; wines benefitting from careful cellaring; wines that are best decanted & accompanied in good cheer with fine fare – that’s our unwavering goal.
With these tenets, a penchant for the unconventional, the pursuit of the fluid dynamic, we set about labouring away in the vineyards across the Cape of Good Hope to craft with care a nest of fledglings.
“To life, love & wine!”
Margaux Nel and Leon Coetzee
Margaux Nel, the 7th generation winemaker of the Nel’s of Boplaas in Calitzdorp, the quiet hamlet at the heart of the Klein Karoo. Destined to work with the vine, she holds an M.Sc (viticulture) from the University of Stellenbosch – she’s now busying herself with a MBA from the USB – and has travelled widely to wine producing countries. Besides being an academic leviathan, she’s the winemaker of Boplaas Family Vineyards; as well as the “chief in charge” voice of reason & science, assistant vigneron & co-owner of The Fledge.
Leon Coetzee, raised in the far North Eastern Cape, transplanted to Riebeek West in the Swartland & “stranded” in the Karoo – he’s family have always been involved in agrarian pursuits. From his commerce degree training at Maties he went onto learning wine from the very bottom with the guidance of a few old timers, a fair amount of tasting, readings, a little travel & even more tasting. Like a kid in a candy store amongst vines & wines, he’s the “touchy feely”, go with your gut, stubborn as an ox, the “and Company”, vigneron & co owner of The Fledge.