As we are not an estate winery, we have the freedom to roam and to source the best grapes we can from the best vineyards we can find. This enables us to make terroir-specific wines with grapes that thrive in certain areas. Chenin Blanc from certified heritage vines in Wellington, Pinotage from organic grapes grown in the Swartland, and cool-climate Syrah from Walker Bay are among our finest. Jeremy enjoys nothing more than building relationships and discovering new and interesting parcels to work with.
While we source grapes from a number of different locations, here we highlight three of our key single-vineyard sites.
From this magical vineyard there is a view over the vast, rolling agricultural fields of the Swartland; this is a hot, dry, uncompromising region from which skilled viticulturalists have learned to coax some of South Africa’s finest grapes.
Kasteelsig is owned by Billy “Guillermo” Hughes, one of the first investors in our winemaking and conservation adventure. For a few vintages Jeremy helped Billy make his Nativo wines, and to this day we are fortunate to source Pinotage, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes from his organic, unirrigated vineyard.
The soil is Glenrosa, a shale-rich duplex soil, with some Oakleaf. These soils have superior water-retention capabilities and nutrient reserves, producing concentrated, high quality fruit.
Welgegund lies in the ‘horseshoe’ above Wellington and is home to two wonderful blocks of gnarly old bush vines where we find the grapes for our Lycaon Old Vines Chenin Blanc. The vines were planted in 1974 and sit at the base of a hillside composed of Tukulu soil, a well-drained, yellow-brown decomposed granite.
The vineyard is a certified heritage vineyard under South Africa’s Old Vine Project, established to protect South Africa’s surviving old vines.
Vaalvlei Farm, situated 9km north-east of Stanford, looks out over the Indian Ocean and Klein Rivier, where the Terblanche family’s three-hectare vineyard benefits from cooling maritime breezes and long hours of sunshine.
The koffieklip and sandstone soils produced exceptional Sauvignon Blanc for the maiden vintage of our ‘Lightning’ Sauvignon Blanc in 2020, and we look forward to a long and creative relationship with Naas and his vines.