Migliarina Wines – Somerset West, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Carsten Migliarina is part of the very exciting new wave of winemakers in South Africa who are working with small parcels and old vines from interesting micro-climates to produce stunningly fresh, direct, and strikingly aromatic wines that are true to the varietal and representative of the best that South Africa can produce. Migliarina Wines was started in South Africa by Carsten Migliarina in 2002. After ten years in the catering industry (having worked as a sommelier at well known establishments, including Le Pont de la Tour in London and the Grande Roche in Paarl), it was time to follow his dream to make his own wine. Working as a contract winemaker in Europe (France, Germany and Romania), and South Africa, Carsten has gained much knowledge, which is being put to very good use on his own wines. Carsten’s philosophy is based on simplicity with the emphasis on working more closely with his growers and finding the perfect grapes. All wines are handcrafted from some of the best vineyards in the Cape region of South Africa with exceptional care being taken to preserve varietal and fruit character. Carsten produces a small range of wines made from syrah, grenache, chenin blanc, and chardonnay, as well as a red blend containing syrah and cabernet sauvignon. In the cellar keeping it simple is the cornerstone of the Migliarina style. Fermenting at a low pH and allowing malolactic fermentation to occur in barrel is the basis for ensuring that the wines are clean and fruit driven. Extended skin and lees contact also gives the wines their creamy mouthfeel and long lasting finish. Currently most of the wines are exported to the USA, Germany, Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Reunion, and China with only a small percentage being sold in South Africa’s top hotels, restaurants and specialized wine shops. Carsten’s wines are also available on South Africa’s famous Blue Train. Migliarina Wines is a steadily growing business with Carsten being on a constant quest to improve the quality of his wines. Migliarina wines can be found in some top restaurants in Europe including:

  • Bareiss: Black Forest, Germany
  • Altes Maedchen: Hamburg, Germany
  • Pier 6: Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Villa Mittermeier: Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
  • Hangar 7: Salzburg, Austria


  • 2014 Chardonnay: 93 points Decanter magazine, 16.5 points Jancis Robinson, 4 Stars Platter, 89 points Stephen Tanzer

Chenin Blanc

  • 2015 Chenin Blanc: 16.5 points Jancis Robinson, 4 Stars Platter, 91 points Stephen Tanzer


  • 2015 Grenache: 16 points Jancis Robinson, 4 Stars Platter


  • 2014 Syrah: 4 Stars Platter, 88 points Stephen Tanzer


Wines available: Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah, Sz Shiraz