La Verne Wine Boutique opened its doors in June 2005, before Voortrekker Street became filled with other shops and businesses.
During that winter two couples who had been friends for years entered a new stage in their friendship – they became business partners. It was Pat and Elaine Paulsen who first had the dream of opening a wine boutique shortly after they opened Robertson Art Gallery in 2004. They approached André and Lizelle Fernhout, their close friends, and soon the dream became a reality.
André and Pat continued their jobs as full-time farmers, leaving their wives to head the businesses in town. While Elaine took care of the gallery, Lizelle soon became the heart and soul of La Verne. She welcomed customers with the passion and warmth that have become an integral part of the La Verne philosophy.
Seven years later André passed away in a car accident and in 2017, the community lost Lizelle to cancer.
This tragic story of loss turned into a new beginning when Franzelle, daughter of Pat and Elaine, moved back home in 2018, dreaming of returning to the place where she earned pocket money at school and university. Now the father-daughter duo is building on the legacy of their dear friend, managing La Verne with Lizelle’s philosophy of warm and friendly service, and ensuring that her legacy always remains a vital part of the shop’s identity.
Together with their exceptional team, Franzelle and Pat offer visitors the opportunity to purchase the Robertson Valley’s outstanding wines under one roof and at cellar prices.
Believing that wine is something truly personal, the La Verne Team aims to personally become acquainted with each wine offered in their store, hoping to perfectly pair its character with the personality of each individual customer in their little piece of heaven.