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Vriendinne + gin = Vrienginne

When I saw this name, I immediately had a huge goofy grin on my face!  You guys, how cute is it?

I haven’t yet sampled them myself (it’s on my to-do list though I promise, but jeepers this Janu-WORRY has been real!) but there are only positive reviews on their page & the whole idea around this just makes me excited.  Plus I am sure you know by now just how much I love a good gin 🙂


Your name: Marike Smit

Business name: Vrienginne

Social media handles: Instagram, Facebook & Website


Tell me a bit more about your brand: The name encapsulates the purpose of the brand. It celebrates friends coming together over a glass of gin. We celebrate diversity & unity in friendships.

Where did the name of your business come from: We gave the tongue-in-cheek name amongst our friends.

What makes your gin different to others:
• The gin & tonic are high premium products, meticulously crafted with beautiful flavors.
• We are making it very easy for the gin enthusiasts to pack in your G&T for a braai, picnic, festival or kuier. No cumbersome packing.
• And the bold, playful packaging is developed to create a talking point amongst friends. So that they can identify themselves with the various personalities, ie. Cool & Lekker Vriengin. We have two more Vrienginne on the way this year. 🙂

I’m excited by your gift bags – tell me more: They are canvas bags with screen prints, holding 4 x G&Ts. We are very fond of beautiful gifting and thought: Why not a bag that can be reused, instead of wrapping paper/boxes.

Where can people purchase Vrienginne: Various TOPS stores across the country. Vrienginne t-shirts online.

Who is your target audience: Women & men who enjoy gin & tonic with their friends

Why do you encourage people to support local: I think South Africans are some of the most creative people in the world and we would like to see that reflect even more through various businesses. Also, we are big supporters of growing South African economy and trade.

Quote you live by: Unity is our strength, diversity is our power.


Personally I think these would make a great birthday/anniversary gift, & the bottles are a great talking point.

Plus the t-shirts are super cute & are a necessity in every wardrobe (nudge nudge hint hint husband).

What do you think of this brand?  Are you heading out to get some yourself?  Let me know once you have tried it & your thoughts please…


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Glass of Wine

I am not a huge drinker, & thus when I came across this great product where you can buy glasses of wine that are sealed & easily able to transport to festivals/picnics & so on; I did a little happy dance.  I can enjoy a glass of wine on a hot Summer’s evening without the rest of the bottle going to waste.

They have great customer service, & to be honest, I was so intrigued when I saw the ChocoVino too!

Your name: Mark Tayler

Business name: Glass of Wine

Social media handles: Facebook & Instagram

Tell me a bit more about your business:  Product info:

It is quality wine already packaged in a handy 187ml PET (recyclable plastic) glass, which is all about convenience and “ready to go”. This product is perfect for all outdoor events, concerts and conferences, as it is not glass and therefore safe for the public.

The positive points are:

  • Easy and convenient with a peel-off lid!
  • Accessible: no pouring necessary and no wastage of open bottles of wine.
  • Ideal for picnics, braai’s, pool parties, mini bars, camping, game lodges, sports events, concerts, conferences, stadiums & other outdoor events.
  • The wine has a shelf life of at least 12 months and need not be stored in the refrigerator.
  • Safe & unbreakable: Most outdoor venues don’t allow glass onto their premises, so this is the perfect product as there is no danger of broken glass.
  • Earth friendly: fully recyclable PET plastic.
  • Non-toxic plastic, i.e. BPA free.


Where did the idea for this business come from: The concept originated in the UK. The product was in fact featured on the Dragon’s Den where it was turned down as a bad idea. When the program eventually aired on BBC, Marks & Spencer saw it and decided to list. Today M&S do around 1.5m glasses per annum selling at £2.99. It was therefore one of those concepts that slipped through the Dragon’s Dens net.

Where can people buy these from: Various Spars, Tops and Food Lovers Markets around the country. Also online at


What does your range comprise of:  The product is branded as “Single Serve” and the range comprises of:

  • Dry White: Chenin Blanc
  • Dry Red: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rosé: Semi-sweet Rosé – Mainly Chenin Blanc with a touch of Pinotage for colour.
  • Sangria: Red Sangria with hints of cinnamon, cloves and citrus fruits (packaged in a white glass and available end of Nov)

All the wines come from De Wet Cellars, situated in Worcester. Our state of the art filling machine is based next door at Breedevalley Bottling Company.


Quote you live by: “Those who say they can and those who say they can’t are both usually right.”

“If you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room.”


In my opinion these are PERFECT for New Year’s Eve, & any events where you don’t want to lug around a whole bottle of wine, or want to look a little more sophisticated drinking out of an actual wine glass.

The best part of it is that they are 100% recyclable & I can’t wait to try them all out.  Warren is most excited about the Merlot, whilst I am more of a fan of Rosé.  Please let me know if you have tried them yet & what you think!


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