Paul Boutinot has always followed his own path. Not interested in his French father’s restaurant business as a long-term career, he entered the world of wine in Britain and over the years built Boutinot Wines, a thriving wine production and distribution company. The head office is near Manchester but there are vineyards and production facilities or partnerships in France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He categorises himself as a ‘hands-on entrepreneur’, and while the 70-plus staff include experts in all aspects of the business, Paul has an intimate knowledge of all the wines in the portfolio and over the years has developed a keen sense of both quality and terroir. A personal dream of owning a piece of land that would reflect its own sense of place, meet the high intrinsic standards he demanded and be capable of world-class status led him to Waterkloof after a 10-year search. He recognised the potential in the to site, high on the Schapenberg Mountain slopes near Sir Lowry’s Pass and within sight of False Bay.