The fourth-generation family estate shares a boundary fence and a history of peach production with Babylonstoren – but couldn’t be more different from its glamorous neighbour.
The history of the farm is interesting and its philosophy, sound – providing pleasure and enjoyment to a broad range of wine drinkers across styles and price points, with finesse, but delivering wines with a high level of ‘drinkability’. Sustainability is important to the process too, with the estate accredited as Carbon Neutral, demonstrating the level of care taken across all stages of the winemaking process.
Grapes for the estate’s wines are drawn from 110 hectares in situ, with satellite vineyards in two other areas contributing fruit with complementary properties. The range is extensive, with around 30 different wines and brandies across varying levels and in different styles – including a Kosher range.
Tastings are conducted in an airy room with the options of sofas or long tables. The estate’s products line the walls and the historic cellar is adjacent. In fact, taking a trip to the bathroom will lead you past ‘cages’ containing much of the estate’s wine stock – including plenty of historic vintages and rare wines. The warm atmosphere of the farm carries through to the tasting room, where guests are welcomed as though they’re returning family, rather than one-off visitors.
The Premium Tasting allows for the sampling of 5 Premium Range wines for R50; while levelling up to the Exclusive Tasting allows access to five Black Label or Family Reserve wines for just R10 more. Try five of the wines from the Kosher Range for the same price, or something a bit different – the estate brandies and two fortified wines, for R60 as well. There’s also the option to pair wines with Dalewood Cheese or Huguenot Chocolates – five wines and five cheeses or chocolates, both for R95.
The Tasting Room is open Monday – Friday: 08:30 – 17:00; Saturday: 09:300 – 16:30 and Sunday: 10:30 – 16:30.
Pre-book a Blending Experience for larger groups, which starts with a tutored tasting and leads into a blending challenge – with a prize for the best blend.
Klapmuts Simondium Road,