“Everyone loves a Phoenix story,” says Tommy Hall, the new African American owner of the Solms-Delta Wine Company. Director of global operations for Hewlett Packard, Hall has come to the rescue of the shuttered Solms Delta wine estate near Franschhoek. 

In 2001, when Mark Solms (a notable scientist, complete with wild Einsteinian hair) and his friend Richard Astor (scion of the Anglo-American Astor family), bought two neighbouring farms, their goal was to produce noteworthy wines and uplift the farmworker community. ..

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