While a wine tasting venue might not be the first thing you think of when you think of KZN’s North Coast, Enterprise iLembe is changing all that. The company has recently launched the Seventeen87 Wine Cellar at Ballito, where the brand combines history and wine to offer locals and visitors an experiential tourism offering.

Seventeen87The wine is made from locally-grown grapes, from vineyards that were established around 8 years ago in the region. Seventeen87 pays tribute to King Shaka, who was born in 1787.

Enterprise iLembe is the Economic Development Agency of the iLembe District Municipality, responsible for promoting trade and investment and driving economic development in the region.

CEO Nathi Nkomzwayo told guests at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that tourism along iLembe North Coast has sprung back to life with great gusto following the lull caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “Potential travelers are urged to get a better understanding of the fun, affordable and exciting attractions on their own doorstep – take a sho’t left down the coast to the North Coast which extends from Zimbali in the south to Amatikulu in the north, extending inland to Maphumulo and Ndwedwe.

Seventeen87Nevin Davidson from Sugar Rush Park said that they were excited about the partnership with Enterprise iLembe on the launch of the Seventeen87 Wine Cellar. “The wine cellar adds another unique tourism experience to the many product offerings already on offer at the Park” said Davidson.

The wine cellar is small and intimate – visitors can taste and purchase wines from the Seventeen87 brands as well as other partner brands such as Cathedral Peak. It’s also an ideal space for private functions.



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