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A Milestone and New Owners for Colmant Winery

FLTR: Isabelle Boone, Paul Gerber, Jan Boone, Jean-Philippe and Marina Colmant

Leading Cap Classique sparkling wine producer Colmant Winery recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary. It was also the start of a new chapter in its history as it also announced new ownership and a vision for sustainable growth while maintaining its commitment to quality and excellence.

Established by Jean-Philippe Colmant, Colmant Winery has earned a distinguished reputation for crafting delicate Cap Classique wines. Today, after years of dedication and passion, he passes on the torch. Looking to the future, Jean-Philippe finds fine successors in the new owners: Jan and Isabelle Boone, a Belgian couple and experienced entrepreneurs known for their commitment to quality, local sourcing and craftsmanship. In addition to both parties’ passion for the product and entrepreneurship, Jean-Philippe and Marina Colmant, and Jan and Isabelle Boone also share a passion for family and conviviality.

At the helm of this new era is Paul Gerber, a South African visionary winemaker whose expertise and passion have been instrumental in shaping the success of Colmant Winery over the past 20 years. “After years of training and working closely with Paul, I am certain that the winery will be in capable hands. Above all, I feel proud and confident that the transition process will proceed smoothly” says Jean-Philippe. “With peace of mind, I will transfer my legacy.”

With over a decade of experience in Cap Classique, Paul’s appointment as Managing Director, in addition to winemaker, indicates a new chapter of innovation and growth. He has a strong academic background: having studied Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University, Paul embarked on a quest to better understand the alchemy of bubbles and completed harvests in Franciacorta (Italy), Rhineland-Pfalfz (Germany), and Le Mesnil sur Oger (Champagne, France).

“We are thrilled to embark on this journey with Paul Gerber,” says Jan Boone. “Our vision is to build upon Jean-Philippe Colmant’s foundation, elevating Colmant to greater heights in quality and sustainability. We believe in the blend of expertise, collaboration, and innovation within the team.” Isabelle Boone continues “By investing in our team, products, processes, and partnerships, we aim to ensure that Colmant Winery remains the standard for excellence in South African Cap Classique”.

As part of the strategic plan, the company will maintain its exclusive focus on Cap Classique production, sourcing grapes from select local vineyards to ensure the highest quality standards.

“Colmant Winery holds a special place in my heart, and I am honoured to lead this remarkable team into the future,” says Paul. “Together with Jan and Isabelle Boone, we are committed to preserving the legacy of quality and craftsmanship that defines Colmant while embracing new growth opportunities.”

Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Chantelle Groenewald