Dromer Wines is a collaboration between businessman Howard Bilton and winemaker Harold Versfeld. Having met in the Cape Winelands, the 2 immediately shared their passion for wine and more so wines of distinct terroir and the unique offerings that every area brings in promoting South Africa as the most intriguing and undervalued wine region in the world.
After a 2 year stint at D’Aria Vineyards in Durbanville, Harold decided to travel to some of world’s most renowned winemaking areas, which included Napa Valley and Nagambi Lakes district in Victoria, Australia. Having had the privilege to work Jean Hoefliger at Alpha Omega, Napa Valley, and Ben Haines, Australian Young Winemaker of the 2008 at Mitchelton Wines, Harold decided to head home in pursuit of finding a new home in the South African industry. The offer came in the form of Val de Vie wines, situated in Paarl in the heart of the South African winelands. Having spent 4 years at the helm, making some of the finest examples of Rhone style wines that South Africa has to offer, the opportunity arose in the form of Howard Bilton, wine lover and art connoisseur, to establish and produce wines of distinct terroir and exemplary quality. Some of the best vineyards in South Africa is sourced to create site specific wines that express each area and cultivar to their fullest potential.
Howard Bilton is Chairman and founder of The Sovereign Group – one of the world’s largest privately owned consultancies specialising in the provision of offshore trusts and companies and associated international tax advice- www.SovereignGroup.com. Howard holds a joint honours BA degree in classics and law from the University of Keele and is qualified as a Barrister and called to the Bars of England/Wales and Gibraltar. He currently lives and works in Hong Kong. He regularly lectures throughout the world on tax and offshore related subjects, giving presentations lasting anywhere between 45 minutes and 3 days and has contributed numerous articles and chapters to relevant technical publications, magazines and newspapers. He is a visiting non-resident professor at Texas A and M University where he assists with their LLM and Masters degrees in International Tax and Offshore Centres.
In 2003 he formed The Sovereign Art Foundation Limited which is a charity registered in Hong Kong, South Africa and the UK dedicated to raising money to assist disadvantaged children. These prizes have raised over US$5 million. See www.SovereignArtFoundation.com
He is the principal of Hillvalley Limited which makes wine in Portugal sold throughout the world under the “Howard’s Folly” brand name. See www.HowardsFollyWine.com
The grapes hail from the old Versfeld family farm is the prestigious Groenekloof ward in Darling, where many esteemed wine producers source their grapes, especially Sauvignon Blanc, from. The vineyards are all Western to South West facing, making the aspect perfect for growing grapes. The Bush Vines and trellised grapes are planted on decomposed granite soils, and age between 16 and 20 years old, producing low yields and concentrated favours.Shop Now