I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Riaan Mol, the General Manager at the tantalising De Warenmarkt in Stellenbosch– he is so passionate about what he does!!
De Warenmarkt opened its doors about 3 years ago with a dream to create something different. Inspired by many thriving indoor markets overseas and fuelled by the concept of the Cape of Good Hope’s legacy as a trade post along the maritime route that led to the alluring Spice Isles, they created an eating and drinking experience where you can feast on a delicious range of excellent quality local products (including the wine), all available under one roof. De Warenmarkt brings you a range of delectable speciality meats, crepes, baked goods, craft beer, coffee, fresh Saldanha Bay oysters, sparkling Simonsig MCC & much more…. All with a focus on creating a very real sense of community.
Part of the ”keeping it local” concept was to feature Stellenbosch wines only and to be able to offer a number those wines by the glass. For this to really be viable De Warenmarkt wanted: to improve their wine service; to have a way to have their wine always fresh and not oxidised; to stop any wine wastage and for their business to perform even better.
Since August last year, when Riaan joined De Warenmarkt, their wine programme has been steadily growing. As they sourced more and more local Stellenbosch wines, they were serving better quality wines, coupled with a demand for quality wine by the glass steadily increasing.
And while this growth was accelerating, they had been in discussion with Vinimark. Vinimark have a great programme where they supply a Le Verre de Vin wine preservation system free of charge to a restaurant, and in return, the restaurant agrees to sell the wines that Vinimark represents. As De Warenmarkt’s need for a robust wine preservation system became urgent (increased demand, more wastage etc.), Vinimark came on board to support De Warenmarkt’s concept of focusing on Stellenbosch wines only, and a couple of weeks ago, a Le Verre de Vin wine preservation system was installed at De Warenmarkt.
As Riaan says, it has only been in a short time that their system has been in operation, at the same time, they are seeing a marked difference for them in a number of ways – not least being knowing that their wine and MCC is freshly preserved, but also that there has been a the huge reduction in wastage. For instance they offer a classic pairing of bubbly and oysters at their all new Kaapse Vonkel MCC and Oyster Bar. They offer Simonsig Méthode Cap Classique paired with fresh Saldanha Bay Oysters. Now with their Le Verre de Vin in place, every time that they pour a glass of MCC, they can immediately preserve the bottle, ensuring that it retains its bubbles and remains fresh without there being any wastage at all!!
And Riaan says that their wine programme will be continually evolving and developing, and they would not be able to do it without their Le Verre de Vin system in place. They have an offering that few restaurants can compete with and will keep expanding and growing and creating more and more delicious experiences.
So take a trip to Warenmarkt where sharing a meal, a glass and conversation with a motley of interesting people allows you to really drink in the quintessential aspects of any given culture – if you are hungry or just want something small, there is something special for everyone – go and enjoy the vibrancy of a real live South African dining space.
P.S. Have a look at their exclusive Legends wine list – you won’t be sorry!!
If you would like to know more about Le Verre de Vin and how you can really reap the benefit of offering an extensive range of premium wine by the glass, then please contact us on 021 788 9788 or email us at and we will be happy to discuss this with you in more detail.