The Seven sisters are biological sisters hailing from Paternoster, a picturesque fishing village about 2 hour’s drive from Stellenbosch. The Brutus sisters, along with their baby brother, John, had to leave their home when the family was evicted after their father lost his job of over 20 years with a local fishing company. Now, 25 years later, their wine brand, Seven Sisters, launched in 2007, was a way to change their destiny. The siblings often meet up on weekends at Paternoster to go kayaking, and feast on crayfish, bokkoms (salted dried fish) and other local delicacies. The town is one of the oldest along the West Coast and was named after a prayer. The story goes that long ago when the first European Portuguese sailors were stranded and shipwrecked, they would pray that one day they might see their homes and families again. The prayer started like this, Patre Nostre which translated Our Father. 5 kilometers from Paternoster is a lighthouse, Cape Columbine, nature reserve, also a brand in the portfolio, commisioned in 1936, derives its name from the barque Columbine which was shipwrecked in 1829, the first land spotted by Europene ships. Paternoster is also famous for its white-washed fishermen's cottages and curving white beach. Paternoster provides an abundance of seafood caught by the local fishermen on their little boats. Apart from this the village boasts with 1200 plant and flower species.
Charity starts at home. When I investigated the idea of entering the wine industry,
I decided to go back to my roots and start a wine label with my sisters.
- Vivian Kleynhans