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Laibach, the Simonsberg estate that was purchased by neighbouring Kanonkop in April 2022, will in future be known as Ladybird Vineyards.

The new name of this 40ha property comes into immediate effect, with the current Laibach wine range to be phased out over the next 18 months, replaced by the Ladybird Vineyards brand of wines made from the property’s 36ha of vineyards.

Ladybird Vineyards comprises the original Laibach wine cellar and various other buildings including guest accommodation as well the organically farmed vineyards.

The management team of Michael and Anél Malherbe remain on in their positions, as does winemaker Francois van Zyl.

According to Johann Krige, co-owner of Kanonkop Estate and Ladybird Vineyards, the acquisition of Laibach allowed for the creation of a new brand to herald in the next phase of this venerable Simonsberg property.