L’EQUISE brings the beautiful Western Cape with its exotic wildlife and World Heritage vineyards into your home. Compose your own gift set by presenting exotic hides and other items from our collection in a decorative case. We have a range of cases available for you to choose from. Make the experience complete by adding a premium wine from Stellenbosch, cream liqueur made from ‘Elephant berries’, horn, mount or nice cushion. Visit L’E-Shop for complete overview of all products we offer.
Amarula is a liqueur made from cream and the fruit of the marula tree which only grows in one area of the entire planet, the warm, frost-free regions of sub-equatorial Africa. The Marula tree is also known as the Elephant tree since it is most enjoyed by African Elephants who walk vast distances to taste the exotic fruit of the marula trees, or the Marriage tree amongst some tribes who conduct marriage ceremonies under the umbrella shaped tree.
The exotic marula fruit is found only on the sub-Saharan plains of Africa, where it grows in the wild for just a few weeks of the year. Not just totally delicious, it’s also rich in vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium, as well as protein.
Morgenster vineyard is the gateway to the Western Cape wine-growing region. It is a thriving olive and wine farm dating back to 1711, producing internationally acclaimed Bordeaux-style wines. The Bordeaux blends of Morgenster are receiving consistent international and local recognition, both at launch date in their youth and for earlier vintages. This confirms that they are ageing wonderfully and can be an interesting investment.
Visit L’E shop to hand select items for your gift set, or read on if you want to know what connects Western Cape, the Dutch and Morgenster vineyard…
The Western Cape is home to the Cape wine lands and has the world’s longest wine route, along Route 62, a scenic tourist route that runs from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (in the Eastern Cape), 860 km up the east coast of South Africa. The first wine produced in South Africa was made by Jan van Riebeeck at a settlement founded by the Dutch East India Company. The South African wine industry was isolated from the rest of the world until the end of Apartheid in the late 20th century, heralded by the election of Nelson Mandela.
The Dutch East India Company established a small settlement at what is now Cape Town in 1652. The initial purpose of the settlement was to provide a rest stop and supply station for trading vessels making the long journey from Europe, around the cape of southern Africa, and on to India and other points eastward.
One of the legacies of the Dutch in South Africa lies in the language as one of the official languages of South Africa is ‘Afrikaans’ which comes from Old Dutch. You will see many names similar or originating from Dutch language. Names such as Oranje rivier (‘Orange river’, named after Royal Dutch House), animal names such as Springbok, Wildebeest and vineyards such as Morgenster (‘Morning star’), who’s wines we are promoting.