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The story of Four Cousins

The story of the third generation of Retief cousins began in the 1990s whenPhillip, Neil, Bussell and Hennie, joined the family farm, Van Loveren, uponcompleting their studies. In 2000, the four Retief cousins introduced theFour Cousins range of wines, which today, 18 years later, is South Africa'sbiggest selling bottled wine brand. Today the four cousins run the businesstogether focussing on their family values and heritage. For more informationabout Four Cousins and van Loveren visit www.fourcousins.co.za andwww.vanloveren.co.za and find them on social media.   Rialheim is proud of our neighbour's success making the Robertson Wine Valley a must visit in the Cape Winelands. To celebrate we are raising a toast to all the dreamers this weekend with complimentary Van Loveren MCC...

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The Brave road well travelled

Sometimes the road most traveled leads to the most unexpected journey. It was during a holiday; away from the pressure of farm life in the Kuruman area; when Jacques and Mare Louise fell in love with one of South African oldest town’s; Swellendam.  The couple came across an old English Countryside Manor built in 1832, the house was on the market and made it impossible not to look for greener pastures in the Cape. Shortly after one visit the deal was signed, sealed and delivered. The couple immediately started renovating the "old lady” to bring her up-to-date and turned it into what many has describes as a haven for those wanting to experience the “good life”. Today De Companjie Heritage House,...

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A Brave New World

Do you believe in fate or some may call it magic? That the roads you take and choose ultimately lead to the place you were meant for?         You know its fate when your own dog is the splitting image of Rialheim’s iconic ceramic Pup. Joining the Rialheim team feels like it was always written in the stars for me. And after learning the skills and lessons fate wanted me to learn I have finally arrived at my destination…at my magical destination. Where dreams come true and playing is part of work. Rialheim was based off its founder Rial Visagie’s need to give his creativity a voice. He bravely went on the journey of forming a company...

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Don’t stop believing…

#Dreambelievefly     This month we celebrate our 4th birthday. By the      standards used to classify children we are now officially ‘pre-schoolers’ and as ‘pre-schoolers’ we have now reached the age where we should be able to comprehend the difference between reality and make-believe. Let me start my blog assuring you, dear reader, that for any person working at Rialheim we never want to be able to comprehend this difference. Rialheim is built on make-believe. At our core is the belief in magic, something that our founder, Rial Visagie, taught us. The tale of Rialheim is something akin to a fairy-tale… Rialheim started as a ceramic factory with the business objective of manufacturing ceramics for other designers. Today this...

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From the desk of Rial Visagie, the Creative Director and Founder of Rialheim (Previously known as Ceramic Factory)

I would like by starting to pay tribute to Ceramic Factory and the people who allowed me the opportunity to make my dreams a reality. Ceramic Factory will always be Chapter 1 of our story and will always be our foundation. #dreambelievefly. It’s a great privilege to use the platforms and partnerships that Ceramic Factory created, during the last 44 months, to  honour to my forefathers who left us Clairvaux, Robertson that have been our home for the last 2 years by renaming the business Rialheim.  Thank you to all our clients who have allowed Rialheim pieces into their businesses and homes in the past, we will as always strive to create pieces that create happiness around you hand made...

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