The story begins on a wine farm. Not just any wine farm. Mientjie Mouton (nee van Zyl ) founder of Carmién Tea, grew up on the family farm Bergendal on the Piekenierskloof Plateau. It started with parents that settled on this rugged, undeveloped mountain ridge with fruit farming, dry land vineyards and rooibos tea, partners in the first Citrusdal Wine Cellar, now known as Piekenierskloof Wine Company.
Today the pioneering van Zyl family is still in the wine, food and rooibos tea business. Yes, Carmién Tea! Numerous joint events pairing wine, food and tea led to distilling our tea into two unique fynbos gins which now forms part of Piekenierskloof wines’ selection.