The Durbanville ward is officially considered one of the Cape's two coolest wine regions. This is thanks to the sea breezes that drift inland from False Bay and Table Bay and the late afternoon mists that bathe the surrounding slopes; giving our vineyards a unique blend of characteristics. In the cellar, using a combination of science and art, all the winemakers can do is shape and nurture the bounty brought in from the vineyards. During this process - as part of our Wine to Water…Read more
The Franschhoek wine estate, Rickety Bridge, has a winemaking history dating back to the 17th century. It was once part of the original La Provence farm granted to the first French Huguenots who settled in Oliphantshoek and renamed the area, Franschhoek. Over the years La Provence was subdivided and in 1797 the land which is now known as Rickety Bridge wine estate was granted to the widow, Paulina De Villiers.
Rickety Bridge wine estate is situated less than 3 kilometres from the centre…Read more
Vergelegen – no ordinary Estate.
Since 1700 and to this day, Vergelegen (meaning "situated far away"), has been crafted by some of the world's great explorers and visionaries, who each in their own way have helped shape Vergelegen to what it is today: a world-class Estate.
With its world renowned handcrafted wines, 310 year old history and heritage, exquisite and refined cuisine, it comes as no surprise that Vergelegen continues to be the choice of the discerning visitor seeking a…Read more
Comprised of two farms, situated on opposite ends of the breathtaking Franschhoek Wine Valley, Haute Cabrière is something extraordinary. A rich history, a whimsical setting, a seductive approach to wine and a magnetic proprietor ensure that it is a decadent affair for any visitor. The core belief that wine is grown not made makes the farm's ethos incredibly real and intrinsically human. Wine is more than what is in the bottle and it is considered an exceptionally intimate experience.…Read more
Van Ryn’s began in 1845 in Cape Town. The Distillery where we make our brandies was established in 1905. The original building remains intact. Its walls were built from rocks gathered from the nearby Eerste River.Read more
Saxenburg wines are based on a simple philosophy: “A wine signifies a place, what the French call terroir. The better the place is known and understood the better the wine.”
At Saxenburg, our complete focus is on the wine. Not the winery, not the marketing, not the label design. We acknowledge that great wines require great fruit. Wine growing, not winemaking, is the secret behind great vintages. We believe that if our selection of grapes in the vineyard is right, one does not need…Read more
Le Bonheur, which means happiness, dates back to the 1790’s.
Hand sorting the grapes at Le Bonheur has remained our tradition. This is one of the reasons why Le Bonheur’s wines are so acclaimed both locally and internationally, and why they consistently receive prestigious awards in top wine competitions across the globe.
This 163-hectare estate is situated along the slopes of the Klapmuts Hill in the northern reaches of the Simonsberg ward.
Here winemaker Sakkie Kotze ensures that,…Read more
Uitkyk is one of the onl three extant double-storeyed flat-roofed 18th Century town houses at the Cape.
The manor house, a classical masterpiece in the Georgian Style was completed in 1788, during the tenure of Johan David Beyers, son-in-law of the well known Martin Melck. The timeless appeal of ots design bears a strong similarity to the well - known Melck House in Strand Street, Cape Town, designed by JC herzendosch. However, the design of Uitkyk is often attributed to the famous…Read more
The history of Stellenzicht dates to 1692, when it was part of a much bigger property granted to its first owner, Barendt Hendrikse, by Governor Simon van der Stel in an area that would later become known as the Stellenbosch district. He named the property Rustenburg although there was already a farm with the same name, but spelled Rustenberg.
One can well imagine the confusion the similarity in the names created. According to local legend, two subsequent owners met one evening in a pub…Read more
Far from the city and its bustling pace, in the long tall grass of Cape plains, is where Asara, the meeting point of African gods is found. Named to present the harmony between the spirits Astar, Asis and Asase – the Earth, the Sun and the Sky - Asara provides both the weary traveller and the curious pleasure-seeker an extraordinary place of peace.
True to its name and setting, the glorious Asara estate, first founded in 1691, uses Nature as its partner not only when producing…Read more