It All started with a dream
The dream changed into reality in 2007 when Rikus returned to South Africa after harvesting in France – and Bizoe was born. We did our first harvest in 2008. Rikus sourced Semillon grapes from Franschhoek and Syrah grapes from Breedekloof to form the base of the first Bizoe Wines.
In November 2008 our first wine, Bizoe Henrietta 2008 was released. The wine is named after Rikus’ Mother, Henriëtta, to thank her for all the sacrifices she made to ensure Rikus’ dream came true..
In October 2009 the Bizoe Estalét Syrah 2008 was welcomed into the Bizoe family. The wine is named after Rikus’ wife Estalét. The grapes are still sourced from the farm “De Liefde” in Wolseley, Breedekloof Valley. Given the name of the farm and the love for Syrah, there was only one name Rikus could have given the wine, Estalét.
In March 2012 Bizoe Tiny 2010 was released. This Noble Late Harvest wine was made from Semillon grapes and named after his father, André. “Tiny” was a nickname given to his father during his dentistry studies. Bottled in a tiny 375ml bottle the name lend itself to the noble man of the family, André Neethling.
Idioglossia wines Chardonnay and Malbec was named after the twins in the family. André Jnr and Retief Neethling, sons of Estalét and Rikus. Idioglossia refers to the secret language spoken between twins.
At Bizoe Wines, high quality wines are part of our philosophy. ‘Less is more’ reveals what we believe in. Limited quantities from the best selected grapes are on offer, to create the ultimate wine for an unforgettable experience. Our high-end handcrafted wines will delight and impress the most discerning wine lover with its delicate bouquet, ideal balance and fruity aromas.
Where we are Today
“Bizoe” is derived from the French word “Bisous” – meaning “little kiss”. Bizoe boutique wines offer something unforgettable! Discover the Bizoe love affair which embrace the Cape Winelands, its fascinating terroir, and big- hearted people in our unique wines.
Bizoe Wines is the creation of vintner Rikus Neethling, who is passionate about wines and his hands-on approach to his artisanal winemaking. His range of wines is inspired by his love for his family and his travels to some of the world most iconic wine regions. Yet it is at home in South Africa, that he has found a handful of rare, quality vineyards used to craft his unique wines, in the pursuit of wine lovers finding as pleasure in the wines – as he does.