Crisp, clear and rustic. These are some of the words that were used to describe the Leleshwa wine at the relaunch of their new label. It took place at the Volvo showroom on Market Street on the 3rd of December.
The mood was set and wine in plenty as the audience anxiously waited for the much awaited new look of the wine. The audience was welcomed with delicious Out of Africa nuts and chocolate, giving the event a touch of class.
The Leleshwa wine has been on the Kenyan industry for the last 20 years and is only beginning. They have a wide range of bottles, from the Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot Shiraz, Sweet red and Rose. You will even be more impressed to know their white wine, Sauvignion Blanc, won the Michel Angelo Wine and Spirits Award 2015 Gold medal! Leleshwa wines are produced from a 35 ha vineyard in Naivasha with a current production of 80,000 – 150,000 bottles annually.
Expert wine maker Emma Nderitu explained to us how to experience your wine. First you serve your wine, then swirl it so as to let it breathe. After this, you then take a small sip and experience the wine.
Then came the anticipated unveiling of the new label. The chairman, Mr Pius Mbugua and MD Mbugua Ngugi, unveiled the new look! The new label now shows the Leleshwa tree that is based in Naivasha. The vivid colors give the bottle a new and fresh look that appeals to young and old alike. the different colors each show the different personality and origin of the wine.
The chairman, Mr. Pius Mbugua, informed us on the challenges he has gone through in making wine in the equatorial region which has been viewed as crazy. However, the wine continues to thrive. Explained Wairimu Kimani, brand manager of Kenya Nut;
“We are working on reaching one million bottles of Leleshwa! #1millionleleshwa”
Mr. Pius Ngugi – Group Chairman had this to say about the inspiration behind the new look;
“If you look at the time we have been in operation, wine consumption has simply moved from being considered a foreign drink, gaining an appreciation locally. A good bottle of wine captures a time and place and this is what I hoped for when I grew the very first vines in Kenya. The new look Leleshwa offers a snapshot into the art of establishing vineyards and wine making on the equator, a process that has taken 20 years to understand and that can only get better with an increasingly discerning market and growing lifestyle class”
Go on and grab your own piece of authentically made Kenyan wine. It costs Ksh 680 for the sweet red n rose and Ksh 720 for the Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot-Shiraz at the supermarket.
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