Abingdon Wine Estate

 Abingdon Wine Estate

Abingdon Wine Estate is a family run boutique cellar based in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands that offers unique pioneering wines from an previously untouched region. The varieties planted are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The farm was purchased by Ian and Jane Smorthwaite in 2000 and the vines planted in 2004. With no experience in the wine industry, Ian is a completely self-taught viticulturist and winemaker, and the success of Abingdon wines lies in its foundation of trust, instinct and hard work. In 2007, Abingdon Wine Estate made history by producing the first certified Estate wine in KwaZulu–Natal, with the release of a further 35 certified wines to date. The estate produces wines from each variety as well as a Blanc de Noir and a maiden vintage of Traditional method Sparkling wine will be released in September 2014. 

Abingdon Wines reflect the unique terroir and climate in which they are grown. The high altitude and cooler climate gives the wines a distinct Old World style showing crisp natural acidity, delicate cool fruit flavours and moderate alcohol levels. With natural acidity on our side, the ageing potential of our wines is excellent.

Every bottle is an estate wine with 100% of the grapes grown on the farm. They are hand-picked and pressed in the traditional method of a wooden basket press. From there they are aged in stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels and are hand bottled and hand labelled. With only 2,5 Ha under vine and producing, on average, 12 000 bottles in total per year, Abingdon’s main focus is quality. With no export or retail market, every bottle is sold on a personal level from the estate with a story behind it. With each wine selling out every year, it is rare to find bottles from previous vintages.

The popular tasting room and restaurant is filled with valuable supporters every weekend.


Contact details :

District Road 369
Lions River
KZN Midlands
South Africa

P.O. Box 1045
South Africa

Tel : +27 (0) 33 2344335
Mobile : +27 (0) 83 463 8503

Email : jane@abingdonestate.co.za
Website : www.abingdonestate.co.za
Facebook : facebook.com/Abingdon-Wine-Estate

Ataraxia Wines

Ataraxia Wines

Located in the beautiful Walker Bay region of South Africa is a special piece of land that has become home to the ultimate South African vin de terroir; a 47 hectare gem in the convoluted foothills that flank the Hemel-en-Aarde behind the coastal village of Hermanus.

Our logo captures the spirit of the place that is Ataraxia: a tranquil and serene setting, where small vineyard blocks are carefully nurtured on the many varied aspects and slopes, which are interspersed with wild meadows of indigenous mountain flora. A heady concentration of ancient, virgin terroir paired with an emotive sense of the areas history and potential, offers an opportunity to create wines of expression that seduce the senses and reflect the elegance and finesse of this beautiful valley.

Ataraxia’s tasting room, The Wine Lounge is situated on what has been described as “surely one of the most spectacular and dramatic positions in the whole wine world”. Built as a chapel in the vernacular architectural style of the region, it offers a place for relaxed contemplation of the three wines in our range. These are: an unwooded Sauvignon Blanc, a wooded Chardonnay and a red blend which we’ve called Serenity. The final member of the quartet, Pinot noir.


Contact details :

PO Box 603
Western Cape
South Africa

Tel : +27 (0) 28 212 2007
Fax : +27 (0) 28 212 1921

Email : info@ataraxiawines.co.za
Website : www.ataraxiawines.co.za
Facebook : facebook.com/Ataraxia-Wines
Twitter : twitter.com/ataraxiawines

Clive Torr Wines

Clive Torr Wines

Clive made his first wine in 1984 at Elsenburg. In a blind tasting it won 1st place. This inspired him to study Oenology and start various tasting clubs “Varietal Characters” and Ten of the Best”. Tasting became his passion, profession and hobby.

Clive obtained a wine judges certificate and his Cape Wine Masters in 1993 and has judged on every conceivable panel in South Africa since then. He is an inspirational, highly entertaining wine educator and hand-crafts wines both in the Cape and in Burgundy.  He is also the former principal of the Cape Wine Academy.

Panels Judged: wine Magazine, Wine of the Month Club, Diner’s Club Wine List of the Year, Reader’s Digest, Veritas, Swiss Air, Grapeworx, Wynboer, John Platter and Terroir Wine Awards. 

He also ran the Interprovincial Blind Tasting Championship for ten years and was selected recently as International Judge at The Royal Hobart Wine Show in Tasmania.


Contact details :

26 Topaz Street
Somerset West
Western Cape
South Africa

Tel : +27 (0) 82 557 0826
Fax : +27 (0) 865 13 4034

Email : clivetorrwines@mweb.co.za
Website : www.clivetorrwines.co.za

Colmant Winery

Colmant Winery

Tucked away at the far end of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne is a young and dynamic family winery entirely focused on the production of the finest Cap Classique and the importation of a few gems from Champagne.

Jean-Philippe and Isabelle Colmant emigrated from their home country Belgium in 2002. Starting from scratch, they have become in a few years highly famous and recognized in the restrained but growing circle of discerning South African bubbly drinkers.

Their production of Cap Classique amounts 40,000 bottles per year, spread over 3 different blends :

  • Brut Reserve (52% Pinot Noir – 48% Chardonnay)
  • Brut Chardonnay (100% Chardonnay)
  • Brut Rose (75% Pinot Noir – 25% Chardonnay)

“Beside our very distinctive style of bubbly, we try to offer our customers an “out of the ordinary” experience, either when they come and visit our cellar and tasting room either when we entertain them on private tastings, corporate events or food and bubbly pairing dinners.  We believe that half the enjoyment of drinking a bottle of wine is related to the history linked to that bottle.  This is why we try to develop a very close and personalized customer relationship where eventually customers become friends.  It’s a real value added for the consumer but also for the producer it is highly rewarding to meet and know the people who will enjoy the product we made with so much effort and passion.”


Contact details :

PO Box 602
Western Cape
South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 21 876 4348
Fax : +27 (0) 876 3732
Cell : +27 (0) 21 876 3732

Email : info@colmant.co.za
Website : www.colmant.co.za

Glenelly Wine Estate

 Glenelly Wine Estate

The Glenelly Estate is in the Idas Valley, located in Stellenbosch, on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. Its origins date back to the seventeenth century. Simon van der Steel, Governor of the Cape, gave the land to the Huguenot François Villion. In 1812, the estate passed to Johan Peter de Villiers, and finally in 1865 it became the property of a British family, the Garlicks. They owned it for 138 years until its purchase in 2003 by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, who for over 30 years was owner of the famous Bordeaux Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac Grand Cru Classé.

This estate of 128 hectares formerly devoted to fruit production had, thanks to it terroir, a vocation for wine producing, which has been a speciality of this region since the seventeenth century. An exhaustive study of soil and weather conditions lead to the planting of 60 hectares of red varieties, 6 hectares of white and 5 hectares of olive trees. Central to this impressive circle of mountains, vineyards and olive groves lies the 'Manor House' in the Cape Dutch style, white walls and thatched roof, surrounded by newly renovated farm buildings and beautiful gardens. Four lakes provide water supplies whilst the flora and fauna add to the beauty of this site. The year 2009 saw the inauguration of the winery: 6,000 m2 anchored in the mountains on 4 floors functioning by gravity flow. This very modern structure was designed as an excellent environmentally friendly working tool (consumption of electricity and water reduced, keeping constant temperature etc...)

This French adventure on African soil is based on a young, professional and motivated team of South Africans with very special attention given to social conditions of each and every employee. Because wine must be a LINK between people, a LIVING messenger of our CULTURE.


Contact details :

Lelie Street
Idas Valley
South Africa

Tel : +27 (0) 21 809 6440
Fax : +27 (0) 21 809 6448

Email : wine@glenelly.co.za
Website : www.glenellyestate.com
Facebook : facebook.com/Glenelly-Wines
Twitter : twitter.com/GlenellyWines

Grangehurst Winery

Grangehurst Winery

Grangehurst Winery is a specialist boutique red wine cellar in Stellenbosch, South Africa established in 1992 by winemaker Jeremy Walker. Grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Shiraz Grapes sourced from various Helderberg and Simonsberg vineyards (Stellenbosch).

Grangehurst Winery produce the following wines :

  • Grangehurst (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot)
  • Nikela (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Merlot - with Shiraz from 2002 vintage)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot (a blend of ± 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and ± 25% Merlot)
  • Pinotage.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
  • Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Various CWG (Cape Winemakers Guild) Auction Wines
  • Rosé (Cape Rosé Blend - dry)

The farm “Boplaas” was purchased by winemaker Jeremy Walker’s parents, Eddie and Betty, in 1973 and renamed “Grangehurt” - a combination of the names of their childhood homes “The Grange” and “Hurst Close” in England.

The maiden vintage wines in 1992 (to 1998) were produced in a squash court. The winery developed from a “commercial hobby” into a fully-fledged small winery in 1999, when a new production cellar was constructed (capacity of ± 140 tons or 9,000 cases of wine per year).

Grangehurst is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg (“Clear Mountain”) mid-way between Stellenbosch and the False Bay coastline. The cool southerly summer winds that blow across this bay have a very beneficial effect on our vineyards, especially those in the Helderberg.

As we only make red wines (and a small quantity of rosé), we are able to make use of the traditional methods of winemaking such as open tank fermentation, manual punching down of the skins  and pressing the skins in wooden basket presses. After pressing, our wines are stored in stainless steel tanks and all the wines are then matured in oak barrels. The wines are clarified by the natural settling and racking method, and are filtered prior to bottling.

Grangehurst started off as a small “commercial hobby” winery producing fine quality red wines. Although the winery has increased in capacity since 1992, it remains a small, boutique winery focusing on quality with a limited production (maximum of 9,000 cases per year). Our quest is to produce quality red wines (and a dry rosé) that will provide much pleasure for our customers – especially when the wines are enjoyed with fine cuisine.


Contact details :

Eikendal Road
P O Box 206
Western Cape
South Africa

Tel : +27 (0) 21 855 3625
Fax : +27 (0) 21 855 2143

Email : winery@grangehurst.co.za
Website : www.grangehurst.co.za

Haute Cabrière

Haute Cabrière

Cradled by the Franschhoek Mountains, Haute Cabrière is deeply rooted in history. Following French tradition, the still wines are named after the property – Haute Cabrière - and the Méthode Classique range is named after the original founder, Pierre Jourdan - a French Huguenot, who was granted the land in 1694 and planted the first vines.

Today, his pioneering spirit lives on in proprietor Achim von Arnim and his family – wine enthusiasts whose lust for life is visible in every aspect of the estate. In Achim’s hands, Haute Cabrière became the first winery in South Africa to dedicate itself to producing wines according to the Méthode Cap Classique, relying exclusively on the unique characteristics of the two noble cultivars, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

A few years later, Achim decided to respond to a new challenge of producing still wines from Pinot Noir - the world’s most demanding cultivar. With this endeavour, the Haute  Cabrière Pinot Noir and Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir were born.

Haute Cabriere Restaurant

Fabulous wines naturally go well with fabulous food... Uniquely set into the mountainside on the Pass Road overlooking South Africa’s gourmet capital, Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant is a destination in its own right.

In line with the spirit of Achim von Arnim, all dishes are available in full and half portions, and all wines are available by the glass - allowing guests to enjoy an exciting array of taste sensations, described by Achim as the “dance of wine and food”.


Contact details :

Franschhoek Pass (R45)
Western Cape
South Africa

Haute Cabrière Tasting Room

Tel : +27 (0) 21 876 8500
Email : hospitality@cabriere.co.za

Haute Cabriere Cellar Restaurant

Tel : +27 (0) 876 3688
Email : restaurant@cabriere.co.za

Website : www.cabriere.co.za
Facebook : facebook.com/hautecabriere
Twitter : twitter.com/HauteCabriere

L'Ormarins Wine Farm

L'Ormarins Wines

After the death of his brother in 2001; Johann Rupert took over the reins of L’Ormarins in 2003. He proceeded with a complete overhaul initiated by his brother; this included the construction of an entirely new winemaking facility. From its home base on historic L’Ormarins wine farm beneath the jagged peaks of the Groot Drakenstein mountain in Franschhoek, Anthonij Rupert Wines has cast its net wide, across the length and breadth of the Cape winelands, in search of what it takes to make the finest wines this corner of the winemaking world has to offer.

The state-of-the-art winery gleams inside with stainless steel and new French oak. The top floor rotates over the lower floor - like the gears in a watch - so that various small-lot fermentations can flow by gravity into the aging vessels below.

At the heart of Anthonij Rupert Wines lies the fundamental belief that the source of supreme wine quality lies in the land; that a specific terroir, with soil and climate working together to capture the essence of each particular grape variety, dictates the style of wine that speaks powerfully of the highest quality and most genuine character. In the cellars, the fruit from the vines are treated with the highest level of care through the winemaking process to create a wine that is true to the natural characteristics of the grapes from the vines.

From the John Platter Guide 2010 – Decanter: “A must-have”

“In 2005, when proprietor Johann Rupert shared his vision for the new Anthonij Rupert wines with his team, he essentially turned its members into crusaders. However, instead of chalices, their quest was for old vines, ‘extreme’ sites within bio-diverse environments, and environmentally friendly farming principles; their holy grail: terroir and soil-specific wines.” “…produce wines with a strong sense of place. The quest, however, will be unending.”


Contact details :

Tel : +27 (0) 21 874 9000
Fax : +27 (0) 21 874 9100

Email : tasting@rupertwines.com
Website : www.rupertwines.com

Luddite Wine

Luddite Wine

Niels and Penny Verburg are unabashed luddites who produce a very special Shiraz near the tiny town of Bot River just over an hours drive from Cape Town. The Verburgs aim to farm in a way that’s as natural as possible, practicing a philosophy of little or no intervention, so it follows that theirs is a dry-land approach. Because the vines aren’t irrigated, Luddite’s harvest is smaller, more concentrated and results in a Shiraz that’s an acute expression of each year.

Every bottle of Luddite Shiraz is numbered by hand and as the label reads: Luddism reflects our belief in winemaking where we choose to practise our craft conscientiously and thereby retain our individuality. Technology and mechanization will never be a substitute for passion. Or as Niels says, ‘It’s about knowing that when you buy a bottle of Luddite, what’s inside is genuine and made with integrity.’

The vineyards lie on the cool South-Eastern slopes of the Houw Hoek Mountains, 30km from the Atlantic Ocean, and fall within the Walker Bay Wine Ward. Six hectares of the 17 hectare property is under vine, planted with Shiraz grapes, and in 2011 Penny planted Luddite’s first block of Chenin. There are also Frantioa, Mission and Leccino olive trees and a herd of happy pigs roaming the farm.

While Niels fine-tunes his Shiraz Penny tends her vegetable patch, presses olive oil and turns Luddite’s happy pork into sausages and charcuterie – they both dream of one day being completely self-sufficient. Niels likes to give a personal tasting to anyone who makes a trip Luddite, so call ahead to make sure he’s home before paying a visit.


Contact details :

PO Box 656
Bot River
Western Cape
South Africa

Tel : +27 (0) 28 284 9308
Fax : +27 (0) 28 284 9045

Email : luddite@telkomsa.net
Website : www.luddite.co.za

Meinert Wines

 Meinert Wines

The Meinert Wines story, alas, is not one of generations of wine farmers. Instead, it has its origin in the purchase of 11,5ha in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch in 1987 by then Vergelegen winemaker Martin Meinert, a scion of a Namibian printing and publishing family.

The property, known at the time only as Remainder of Farm 78, District of Stellenbosch, had been planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage in 1975. Because most of the vines were debilitated by leaf-roll virus replanting began in 1989, a process finally completed in 2008. In 1997 an adjoining parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot planted in 1989 was added to the property, which now covers a total of 16h. Conceived as a boutique red wine operation plans changed when Martin married Leigh Ann Barry, who drinks only white wine and preferably Sauvignon blanc.

The La Barry was added to the range in 2008, made from top quality purchased Elgin grapes. The Meinert Merlot is still the flag bearer, while Synchronicity is an expression of what each year on the property looks like as a blend of the four red grape varieties. A Pinotage, named Printer’s Ink in honour of the family heritage, and Cabernet Sauvignon complete the small focussed range. A dessert wine made from naturally dried Semillon grapes is due for release in 2013.

The total number of bottles produced annually is about 80 000.


Contact details :

Devon Crest Vineyards
Devon Valley
PO Box 7221
South Africa

Tel : +27 (0) 21 865 2363
Fax : +27 (0) 21 865 2414

Email : info@meinertwines.co.za
Website : www.meinertwines.com
Facebook : facebook.com/meinertwines

Muratie Wine Estate

Muratie Wine Estate

The young immigrant Laurens Campher was originally from Pomerania, and, in 1685, was granted by the South-African Governor Simon van der Stel a piece of land in Stellenbosch close to the Simonsberg Mountain. Laurens Campher loved this piece of land, and a slave girl named Ansela van der Caab.

Ansela van der Caab was forced to live in the slave lodge in Capetown, a windowless domicile for the slaves working for the Dutch East India Company. For 14 years, Laurens Campher walked 35 kilometres to Capetown every two weeks to see the love of his life. In 1699, Ansela and the three children they had while she was held in Capetown were finally allowed to join him there at the foot of the Simonsberg Mountain. The oak tree she planted when they got married is still standing.

From 1735 to 1763, the estate had various owners. Finally, Martin Melck purchased the vineyard together with the beautiful house built in the Cape Dutch architecture, one of the oldest in Stellenbosch. The last owner from the Melck family was Catherina Elizabeth, married Beyers. In 1897, Hugh Porter and William Van Der Byl purchased the estate. During this time, the estate also became known under the name “Muratie”, a derivation from Afrikaans. “Murasie” means something like ruin, so apparently, times were not good for the estate. Then in 1927 along came George Paul Canitz.

Together with his daughter Alberta Annemarie, he had discovered the estate when the two had got lost during a trip. They fell in love with the estate and acted quickly when it became for sale. The aesthete George Paul Canitz, originally from Germany, had two passions besides his beloved Amber and horses: painting and Pinot Noir. He cultivated the first ever South African Pinot Noir! And he returned the vineyard, which was now officially called “Muratie”, back to its old grandeur. In 1958, he handed the estate over to his daughter, who continued it in honour with passion and love. She loved horses and continued to ride until long past the age of 80. When she finally stopped riding, she said that the horse was too old...

This independent, unusual woman had no family and was looking for a successor. She found one, who could not have been more perfect: Ronnie Melck, a direct descendent of Martin Melck. Ronnie Melck had hoped for many years to one day return the vineyard to the family. Just like his ancestor, he had fallen in love with the land. And his dream came true in 1987!

A passionate, warm-hearted winemaker on beloved family land: it is a wonderful story, which has also led to equally wonderful wines. When Ronnie Melck passed away, his family continued the company the same way he would have done it. Its authentic, classic, and charming wines are considered one of the flagships of the South-African vineyards.

His oldest son, Dr. Rijk Melck, became the director of Muratie in 2006. For 22 years, he had worked successfully as a physician, until he followed the call back to the family estate. “I basically consider myself the curator of Muratie, the one who makes it possible to create fantastic wines in a manner consistent with the estate’s tradition,” says Rijk Melck.

Winemaker Francois Conradie believes in organic cultivation. The ducks and geese, who feel comfortable at Muratie, help with the biological pest control just as much as the other 85 species of birds that can be found there. The white wines are fermented spontaneously. All grapes are manually selected and then sorted once again. The know-how and the intuition of the winemaker, proven practices, and modern methods are all equally used at Muratie. “Each of our wines has its own personality,” says Rijk Melck. That also becomes clear in the names of the iconic wines that clearly reflect the estate’s history. One red cuvée is named Ansela van der Caab, while a white cuvée is named Laurens Campher. George Paul Canitz, of course, is the name of a Pinot Noir, and a Merlot is named after Canitz’ daughter Alberta Annemarie. A Shiraz is named after Ronnie Melck, and a Chardonnay after his granddaughter Isabella, the daughter of Rijk.

The four vineyard dogs that welcome visitors also have personalities. Their names are Frank Zappa, Stella Artois, Jackson and Sid Vicious - the latter being a charming and affectionate Golden Retriever and German Shepherd mix, so most definitely not vicious at all.

Muratie is a family company, which is just as committed to the environment  as to its employees. The Muratie Farm Workers Trust was founded in order to subsidise the education of employees’ children. It is very possible that they may want to follow in their parents’ footsteps and have already played with the children of the Melck family.

Muratie will probably stay in family hands, because the youngest generation has already been infected by the love and passion for wine and the land.


Contact details :

Knorhoek Road / R44
South Africa

Tel : +27 (0) 21 865 2330/6
Fax : +27 (0) 21 865 2790

Email : info@muratie.co.za
Website : www.muratie.co.za
Twitter : twitter.com/MuratieWines

Newton Johnson Wines

Newton Johnson Wines

Newton Johnson Vineyards is owned and managed by the Newton Johnson family. We are based near the seaside town of Hermanus in the ward of the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

The appellation has already established itself as one of the premier viticultural sites in the Cape, traditionally specialising in Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Recently, it has further discovered an affinity for Syrah and Sauvignon blanc. In South African terms it is seen as one of the coolest vineyard sites, with the ability to create wines of finesse, minerality and complexity. Ranging in their proximity to the ocean from 4 km to 8 km, every vineyard in the Valley has the distinct feature of being able to see the sea.

The climate is temperate. Parallel mountain ranges channel the southerly maritime winds through the appellation in the summer. These winds in turn bring regular sea mists and overcast conditions to the valley and with it remarkably even temperatures. There estate has 18 Ha of vineyard planted and is 60 Ha in total. Our farming practices are sustainable and environmentally friendly, that inevitably leads to better wine in the bottle. Our vineyards are leafroll virus-free, having used natural agents such as ladybird and wasp insects over the years to keep our vineyards healthy. We also utilise high density plantings and some alternative vine training methods, striving for more balance in the growth of the vineyards and better flavour representation. Our winery is situated above the vineyards and built against the mountain slope in order to create four levels in which to facilitate grape processing via gravity. We accommodate 250 tons of grapes during the harvest, which is all produced, bottled and stored on the estate.

When visiting the winery one may also get to see the cellar in action during the harvest with glass wall and window views from different angles. Looking outside visitors are also treated to some of the most breath-taking sea- and landscape views in the Cape winelands from the tasting room and Heaven restaurant.


Contact details :

R320 Hemel-en-Aarde Road
Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
South Africa

P. O. Box 225
South Africa

Tel : +27 (0) 28 312 3862
Fax : +27 (0) 86 638 9673

Email : wine@newtonjohnson.com
Website : www.newtonjohnson.com

The Winery of Good Hope

 The Winery of Good Hope

The Winery of Good Hope was founded in 1998 by two international wine producers, Ben Radford & Alex Dale, who had settled in Stellenbosch after the end of Apartheid. Ben Radford grew-up in the Barossa Valley (Australia) and Alex Dale in Burgundy (France). The first wines bore the name of these founders and thus RADFORD DALE was created.

We are the 5th generation on the farm with 200 ha, where of 80 ha is planted for vines. Mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinotage for red wines and Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier for the whites.

The main soil type is koffiee klip – (coffee stone) – which is granite with shale and clay. This soil is very good for especially Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc, granite gives fantastic bone structure, the shale give a lot of finesse and elegance.

Our focus is for the white wines Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay and for red wines Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Shiraz blends.

We have three different ranges – Radford Dale is our founders range and premium range, Vinum our middle range and The Winery of Good Hope, our entry level range.

Our yearly production is 45 000 cases by 12.

The Winery of Good Hope PTY Ltd owns no vineyards. Its shareholders, however, in their personal capacities, own many hundreds of hectares of vines between them, in various locations. The model we set in place from day one was not to tie ourselves to one location and thus not to limit our ability to work with the best geologies and micro-climates in the Cape. We wanted to be free to pursue the finest vineyard sites and not to make a winemaker-driven range from just one spot.

Our main vineyard partner owns the magnificent farm on the Helderberg where we are based (manor house pictured to the left), overlooking False Bay and located directly on the R44, mid-way between Stellenbosch and the Ocean. This property comprises over 200 hectares of vineyards, plus our Winery, our barrel cellars, our Warehouse, our bottling facility and our HQ. We vinify, mature and bottle all our wines here.

This is the heart of The Winery of Good Hope and provides us with an ideal home in the epicenter of Stellenbosch’s finest site.

We welcome visits by appointment and intend building a tasting facility in 2012.


Contact details :

Postnet Suite #124
Private Bag X15
Somerset West
Western Cape
South Africa

Tel : +27 (0) 21 855 5528
Fax : +27 (0) 21 855 5529

Email : thewineryofgoodhope@thewineryofgoodhope.co.za
Website : www.thewineryofgoodhope.com

Warwick Wine Estate

Warwick Wine Estate

Warwick Wine Estate has been in the hands of the Ratcliffe’s family for almost 60 years, but with a history dating back to 1771 when the current barrel cellar was built.

Female winemaking pioneer Norma Ratcliffe was the first woman to make wine in South Africa. Norma's son, Mike Ratcliffe, now leading this exciting property since 2000 has injected a hue amount of passion into the hand-crafted wines of this beautiful Stellenbosch property.

Warwick is perhaps most famous for its red wines lead by the historical Trilogy and the vivacious 'Three Cape Ladies' - but over the past 2 decades the irrepressible Warwick 'Professor Black' Sauvignon has become embedded in South African wine-drinking folklore.

Warwick is a social media leader and I encourage you to follow on Twitter @WarwickWine or on Facebook WarwickWineEstate.


Contact details :

On the R44 between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts

P.O.Box 2
South Africa

Tel : +27 (0) 21 884 4410
Fax : +27 (0) 21 884 4025

Email : info@warwickwine.com
Website : www.warwickwine.com

Waterford Wines

Waterford Wines

The Company Waterford Wines (Pty) Ltd was formed by the acquisition of 120Ha of prime Stellenbosch vineyard land by Jeremy and Leigh Ord in April of 1998. Winemaker, Kevin Arnold, a shareholder of the company, identified the property and planned the building of a new winery, as well as the redevelopment of the orchards and vineyards.

Waterford Estate has chosen to use only half of the total land for the planting of vines, in order to preserve and maintain the natural flora and fauna of the beautiful Blaauwklippen (blue stone) valley. As part of our biodiversity program, we wish to show visitors our intensions in terms of sustainable agriculture, since we are aiming to achieve an organic approach to wine farming. The Cape is home to the largest and most spectacular concentration of flowers and plants found anywhere on earth. It is our intention to play a small role in preserving the Cape Floral Kingdom by leaving sections of the property untouched, while showing guests some of the Cape’s natural beauty.

The marketing strategy of Waterford has been based on 75% red and 25% white wine with Waterford being registered as an Estate in 2004.

Most of our wine is sold locally with only 35% being exported.  The ultimate goal is to achieve a single Stellenbosch brand of red wine that will offer 3000 - 5000 cases of the best red wine from South Africa. To this end we released our flagship red blend called The Jem from the 2004 vintage.

The quality and character of the wine should be able to stand up to the best red wines of the other top red wine regions of the world.

Current production of both white and red varietal wines is running at 35 000 cases, which is our maximum capacity.

The varieties planted under include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Mourvèdre, Barbera, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Grenache. Existing vineyards that are 24 years old include Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

The tasting experience at the Waterford Estate cellar has been lauded by both International and local awards with the latest Great Wine Capitals award rating for the Best Cellar Door in South Africa for 2010 and 2012.


Contact details :

Blaauwklippen Road

Tel : +27 (0) 21 880 0496
Fax : +27 (0) 21 880 1007
Email : info@waterfordestate.co.za
Website : www.waterfordestate.co.za