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n Historia - ! Majoor J.P. Marais : die skepper van Klipdrif Brandewyn

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Jacobus Petrus (Kosie) Marais, born on 12 May 1900, owner of the farm Klipdrif in the district of Robertson, did not, like most of his neighbours focus on the production of table wines. Without any formal training, he produced a whole range of liqueurs and a high quality brandy, "Klipdrif Export Brandy Red Label" and "Klipdrif Finest Liqueur Brandy Green Label" which he marketed through his Southern Liqueur Company (SLC). Kosie Marais was a talented and innovative person. He designed and built all the buildings on Klipdrif farm, he was a also a cultured man and a musician, amateur engineer, Springbok Bisley marksman, anthropologist and archeologist, an officer in the Union's Permanent Force and, during the Second World War, Commanding Officer of the Special Service Battalion. As member of the Torch Commando and the United Party, he entered the political arena for the general election of 1953 as political opponent of P.W. Botha, the National Party candidate for the George constituency. After his death in 1963, Distell bought Southern Liqueur Company and thus got hold of the brand name Klipdrif Brandy. Later his farm Klipdrif was sold and the new winery on the farm today is known as "Major's Hill".

Jacobus Petrus (Kosie) Marais, gebore 12 Mei 1900 en eienaar van die plaas Klipdrif in die distrik Robertson, het nie soos die meeste van sy bure gefokus op die produksie van wyn nie. Sonder enige formele opleiding het hy hom sedert 1935 toegespits op die maak van 'n verskeidenheid likeurs en die distillering van 'n hoë kwaliteit brandewyn wat hy as "Klipdrif Export Brandy Red Label" en "Klipdrif Finest Liqueur Brandy Green Label" deur sy Southern Liqueur Company bemark het. Kosie Marais was 'n talentvolle en innoverende mens. Hy was die ontwerper en bouer van alle geboue op die plaas Klipdrif. Hy was verder 'n musikant en kultuurmens, amateur ingenieur, Springbok Bisleyskut, antropoloog en argeoloog, offisier in die Unie Staande Mag en tydens die Tweede Wêreldoorlog ook bevelvoerder van die Spesiale Diensbataljon. As lid van die Torch Commando en die Verenigde Party het hy die politieke arena tydens die 1953-verkiesing as opponent van die Nasionale Party-kandidaat P.W. Botha in die George kiesafdeling betree. Na sy dood in 1963 het Distell die Southern Liqueur Company sowel as die handelsnaam Klipdrif Brandewyn bekom. Later is sy plaas Klipdrif verkoop en die nuwe wynkelder op die plaas is tans bekend as "Major's Hill".

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2008-05-01
2016-12-08
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