Billionaire and founding chairman of Max Indian Limited, Analjit Singh, also know as BAS, has been listed by Forbes as one of India’s richest men. He started developing a love for South Africa after visiting for the 2010 World Cup – and continued to make subsequent visits thereafter. Singh fell for the Cape Winelands, where he felt ‘a deep sense of belonging, of energy, a sense of place’ – especially in Franschhoek. It was not long until his sights were set on a 40-hectare farm on the slopes of the Dassenberg mountains.
His company purchased the farm, as well as both neighbouring farms. Now Klein Dassenberg, Dieu Donné and Von Ortloff have been amalgamated into the Leeu Collection portfolio, all falling under the Leeu Estate.
Leeu Collection is currently comprised of three five-star properties: Le Quartier Français – a 21-room boutique hotel and the newest addition; Leeu Estates, a 21-room country house retreat and boutique winery; and Leeu House, an exclusive 12-room boutique hotel. Other parts of the Leeu Collection include Heritage Square, an exciting new culinary offering in Franschhoek, and Tuk Tuk, a microbrewery in collaboration with Cape Brewing Company. Prior to these ventures Singh had already acquired shares in Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, which was started by award-winning winemakers Chris and Andrea Mullineux as Mullineux Family Wines. The billionaire also happens to be a trained chemist, which allows him to fully understand the alchemy behind winemaking.
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