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Leeu Passant


Leeu Passant is the Franschhoek Winery of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. The name “Leeu Passant” is derived from heraldry, where a “Lion Passant” is a walking or roaming Lion. We adopted the name because we roam the vineyards of the Cape looking for the best parcels of grapes for these wines, and because the symbol of Leeu Estates (where Leeu Passant is based) is also a Lion Passant. The Leeu Passant wines celebrate the rich history of South African wine. Using the Cape’s wine heritage dating back to the 17th Century as inspiration, we decided to deconstruct the venerable Cape wines of the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, retain their best component parts, and then reconstruct them in a modern, minimalist way, whilst at the same time respecting tradition.

The wines highlight how South African vineyards can make authentic, classic, and age worthy wines, which we are excited to honour with our own modern interpretation, incorporating several very special and old vineyards.

  • Established: 2013
  • Proprietor: Chris and Andrea Mullineux
  • Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux
  • Annual Production: 30.000 bottles
  • Farming: Sustainable
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