One of the most fundamental cornerstones of the Graham Beck ethos has always been that of family. Inspired by the passion both Graham and his wife Rhona displayed for the community and environment, their son Antony and his family are ensuring that this legacy of generosity and upliftment lives on within every aspect of this pioneering business.
Antony, his wife Angela and their children Emma, William, Andrew, Henry and Lily are based on Gainesway Estate in Kentucky in the United States.
Graham Beck and his wife Rhona are fondly remembered for the extraordinary passion they shared for the communities of the Robertson Wine Valley – a region which held a very special significance for this incredible couple. Their legacy of kindness and the considerable philanthropic contribution they made to those less fortunate continues to inspire the company ethos of Graham Beck Wines.
Graham (a business entrepreneur, race horse breeder, social philanthropist and founder of Graham Beck Wines) married Rhona in 1959. They went on to establish highly successful studs and own some of South Africa’s greatest thoroughbreds.
When the Becks purchased their farm in Robertson in 1983 the land had been badly damaged by the devastating Laingsburg floods. With his trademark combination of tenacity and vision Graham was determined to follow his dream of establishing a world class wine destination on the property. The limestone rich soils which had proven so successful for horses went on to produce outstanding grapes and award winning wines.
Over the years Rhona’s “astonishing knowledge of fauna and flora” and expert gardening skills proved invaluable in nurturing the estate. Today the beauty and tranquility of this special place are testimony to her many talents. The Graham Beck Private Nature Reserve on the Robertson estate is yet another example of this family’s deep connection to our precious natural heritage.
As pioneers of the wine industry the family has become known as trailblazers in conservation and social upliftment – with their Robertson estate Madeba widely recognized as a benchmark for farming in harmony with nature and community development. The Becks played a pivotal role in this remarkable journey.
Rhona’s love of all things aesthetic, whether created by Mother Nature or man, shone through in the passion she had for landscaping and creating exquisite gardens, planting trees, art, music and literature. An expert gardener and ardent environmentalist, Rhona was instrumental in the development of the magnificent Gainesway estate gardens (the Becks purchased this prestigious stud in Kentucky in America in 1989). The gardens now boast so many oak trees that the American Public Garden Association granted it the status of arboretum – the only stud farm in the world to receive this title.
She and Graham were also ardent art lovers and their homes, properties and estate grounds were the backdrop to many celebrated South African and international works – which they loved sharing with visitors. The walls of the spectacular Graham Beck Robertson Estate tasting centre are adorned with many of these fine works of art.