We have the freedom to source grapes wherever we wish. We like to work with growers who share our passions for conservation and the environment and are privileged to work with some of the most carefully farmed vineyards in South Africa. All our growers are either organic or practice sustainable viticulture. This enables us to make focused site-specific wines reflecting several of South African top terroirs
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 are views over the vast, agricultural fields of the Swartland. Kasteelsig is owned by Billy “Guillermo” Hughes, one of the first investors in Painted Wolf Wines. We source Pinotage, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes from his highly sought after vines. Billy practices biodynamic viticulture as well as farming unirrigated, organically-certified grapes. Great care is taken to boost organic matter in the soil, all these factors result in grapes of outstanding quality.
Welgegund lies in the ‘horseshoe’ above Wellington and is home to two wonderful blocks of gnarly old bush vines which were planted in 1974, and from where we source grapes for Lycaon Old Vine Chenin Blanc. We also produce our certified single-vineyard Lycaon Grenache and bush vine Carignan from grapes sourced at Welgegund. This treasured, old vineyard has been caringly restored over the past few years and is a certified heritage vineyard under South Africa’s exciting 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 this three-hectare vineyard benefits from cooling maritime breezes and long hours of sunshine.
The koffieklip and sandstone soils produce exceptional Sauvignon Blanc grapes for “Lightning”, our premium Sauvignon Blanc. Apart from growing sought-after grapes, the land also produces organic vegetables and ethically raised livestock who forage around the vineyards taking care of any weeds that need to be removed. No chemicals are used on the farm which practices organic and restorative viticulture.
Silk Bush is a high-altitude vineyard in Breedekloof which grows on granite soils. This vineyard produces the grapes for our much-loved Teardrop Viognier. We also source grapes for Lycaon Pinotage from a certified single vineyard here.