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ABOUT GUN BAY
Gun Bay is a South African wine brand conceived by Andrew Ing in collaboration with notable local winemakers.
Since 1806, two 18-pounder smoothbore muzzleloaders on Signal Hill have been watchfully guarding Cape Town’s Table Bay. One is fired daily at noon to mark midday.
This centuries-old tradition harks back to the days of sailing ships that would shelter in Table Bay from the wild storms that battered the coastline. The ships needed an accurate timepiece to calculate longitude before once more embarking on their perilous journeys. The Noon Gun ritual continues to this day, and whilst we can set our watches by the cannons, we like to think that this tradition also honours those who defended the grape harvest in our beautiful Cape winelands. * Gānbēi 干杯 to that!
*Gānbēi 干杯 (Pronounced Gun Gay, coincidentally) is a traditional chinese toast meaning cheers! Bottoms up! Dry Cup!
Gun Bay wines are produced in the Darling Wine Region of the Western Cape in collaboration with multi award-winning Cloof Winery. Cloof Wine Estate is one of only 55 wineries accredited by the World Wildlife Fund as a Conservation Champion for sustainable farming practices. We farm in harmony with nature, not against it. The distinctive WWF sugarbird and protea logo on Gun Bay wine labels helps consumers to make an informed choice in supporting one of the Cape's environmental wine leaders.We are committed to conserving critically endangered ecosystems.
Darling is a dry, coastal wine-producing district just 40 miles north of Cape Town. The vineyards are planted on rolling hills 7 miles from the Atlantic coastline to the west, providing early morning fog for moisture, as well as cool sea breezes that sweep through the vineyards in the afternoons. Hot days and cold nights help the grapes retain their acidity while still developing complex flavours. Low yielding bush vines planted on ancient decomposed granite soils lead to full-bodied wines of greater complexity, with enhanced concentration of fruit flavours.
About Gun Bay
"BOOKS, BONSAI AND WINE INSPIRE ME."
My family and I have spent many years living around Kommetjie, Scarborough, Misty Cliffs and Noordhoek, all picturesque villages just 40 minutes from Cape Town. We spend hours collecting mussels off the rocks, catching crayfish and running the rocky trails in the mountains. The wild south peninsula coastline resonates with us - hot summers and sea breezes contrasting with stormy north wester winter gales and driving rain. These same cool onshore sea breezes and hot summers are a vital ingredient for the Cape’s superb wines that quite simply burst with flavour.
Books, bonsai and wine inspire me; writers nurture their creative fire as they patiently bring their characters to life in the search for truth; bonsai masters refine their art for
decades, styling beautiful trees to symbolize harmony and balance between nature, man and soul; winemakers persevere over many years, using knowledge and instinct to transform bunches of grapes into noble wines that excite
There is a sense of timeless elegance to all of these pursuits, and I am humbled and privileged to be working with legendary winemakers in our efforts to promote a truly South African wine brand in celebration of the acclaimed vineyards that surround The Mother City.
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