Wine and Spice and all things Nice

Posted on April 10th, 2018
Categories: News

For a wine lover such as myself, it is always a pleasant surprise to find a classy, trendy, well equipped yet reasonably priced wine shop in Nairobi. And its not just wine! From good quality and exotic spices to paella kits to gin and whisky to artisan olive oils, from detox tea to “youth” tea, from entry level wines to Cavas to premium wines, and since I never grow up, my favourites – gin fusion teabags, gin botanicals and cocktail making gift sets… Makkin Gourmet shop has it all! It’s a lovely place to browse; I felt like I was in a European or South African shop, and the temptation to buy, well frankly most of it – is huge!



After browsing for a bit, I met with the brains behind the concept – James and Cynthia Makumi. James and Cynthia started Makkin in 2010, selling decent Australian wines from little premises at the Lavington Green shopping centre. Fast forward nearly 10 years and their passion, knowledge and experience has resulted in large premises in the new Lavington Mall, with a selection of carefully hand picked family estate wines amongst all the afore-mentioned goodies. In James’s words: “if we won’t drink it, we won’t sell it”. Their mission statement is: “Our focus is to be a leading provider of fine premium wines and spirits while providing exceptional quality products and services. Makkin continues to stay with family owned wineries and distilleries as we continue our unwavering quest to bring in more extraordinary wines and spirits”. They certainly convinced me! In their quest James and Cynthia have established personal relationships with many of the (mainly) Spanish vineyards, whose proprietors come out to Kenya to visit them and to conduct wine tastings. Apart from Kenya, the Makumis also have relationships with and bring out wines from Australia and The Napa Valley in California.

Makkin organise wine tastings and events to share their passion and to educate people about wine. They sell to hotels and restaurants as well as individuals, and will deliver for an order or a minimum of 12 bottles. But I would recommend visiting the lovely shop and seeing for yourself!

To learn more about Makkin Wines and their selection, click on the below listing: