Our wines have been awarded more than a handful of awards.


Nativo Red Blend 2010


Nativo Red Blend 2014


Nativo White Blend 2015


Nativo Red Blend 2015


The Founder

After settling in South Africa in 1990, Argentinian-born Billy Hughes was inspired to start his own wine venture in the Cape. His farming interest grew…


There is no recipe for Nativo blends…

At The Hughes Family Wines, we make only two wines per vintage, a Red Blend and a White Blend.


The Organic Movement is the base of our system …

In our vineyard we use our Trilogy approach to farming, where we overlap three recognized philosophies to obtain a balanced approach.

Billy Hughes


We have built and underground cellar using used shipping containers, natural stones and other materials from our area.

Our soils are red and high in clay content. This produces wines that are dark, dense and masculine. Our mission in life is to tame them a bit a give them more subtle and feminine tones. We achieve this by using whole bunch fermentation, harvesting early and breaking the skins as little as possible.


Please check back regularly for our latest news about the farm, our industry and our wines …

February 2019 - A month of firsts

As most winemakers know, February can be chaotic, but in the best way possible. Harvest hits its peak, in the Swartland anyway, and days at the cellar are filled with collecting of grapes, dropping off of crates, tasting the berries and making sure everything is clean to receive the next load of grapes. February was exactly this for us, with visiting winemakers from our area coming to collect their grapes, chatting, and then making their…
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Kiki Hughes

The Billy Hughes shortlist

Red Blend 2014


Blend: Shiraz, Pinotage, Mourvedre, Grenache, Tempranillo

A natural approach to viticulture and red soils bring forth aromas of dark red berries and spice complemented by distinctive mineral overtones. A warm mouth feel and a a gentle finish on ripe tannins.

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White Blend 2015


Blend: Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne

This elegant Swartland wine is naturally made. It is barrel-fermented with subtle aromas of apricots, lime, pineapple, and creamy nuances. Fresh, yet bold with lingering minerality.

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Read what our clients think after tasting our wines

I’ve been a big fan of Nativo since first meeting Billy and tasting the wines when we opened Publik wine bar, not just because the wines are of high quality but because of the sustainable farming methods he employs that go into making the wines more than just delicious, but responsible too.

David Cope

Publik Bar