The Sadie Family is a South African producer of wine located in the Swartland region. Following the emergence of flagship wines Columella and Palladius, winemaker Eben Sadie has been described as an enfant terrible, South Africa's first certified celebrity winemaker, and by supporters as "one of the greatest and most original winemakers in the southern hemisphere" and he has also branched out to other wine regions such as in Spain.
Prior to his career as a winemaker, following a period as a surfer, Eben Sadie travelled and worked in several of the world's wine regions, including Germany, Austria, Italy, Oregon and Burgundy. Having returned to South Africa, Sadie found work under Charles Back at The Spice Route in 1998, eventually becoming the chief winemaker and a resource Back described as "national asset for the South African wine industry".
Eben ventured out on his own in 2000 when he returned to his home in the Swartland to pursue his passion for blends. This is where he created his two signature blends - Columella and Palladius - which garnered him worldwide success. In 2015 he started working on his Old Vine Series - eight different wines from the oldest vineyards in South-Africa. These wines have become some of the most sought-after wines in South Africa.
Through his passion and determination Eben has put Swartland on the map and proven that South Africa can produce world class wines. Eben's hard work paid off when he was recognised by The Institute of Masters of Wine and The Drinks Business international trade publication, when he won the coveted 2017 Winemakers' Winemaker Award. This annual award goes to those with outstanding achievement in winemaking.