Houston Chronicle 2022

In an industry dominated by California and Europe, Branwar Wines builds its niche with South African wines

In 1997, Wayne Luckett, then a Southwestern Bell engineer, moved his family to Johannesburg, South Africa, for a job assignment that lasted 5½ years and led to an appreciation, if not devotion, to the country’s fine wines. When he left, he returned to Houston with what he thought was a two-year supply of his favorite Bordeaux blends, Pinotages and Chenin Blancs.