We have carefully put together an exciting group of vineyards that cover the diverse regions and soils of the Swartland. All of our growers are passionate about sustainability, and share our reasoned thinking when it comes to working with their land.
We live in the town of Riebeek Kasteel, which is in the heart of the Swartland, and is close to our vineyard parcels. We regularly visit the parcels to interact with our growers, ensuring the vines are managed to our exacting standards.
Sourcing grapes from different vineyards with different soils, aspects and microclimates, gives us a range of blending components to work with, and helps us bottle complex, balanced wines that truly reflect the Swartland region.
Lammershoek is a gem of a farm that, in addition to producing wines of their own, provides grapes to many of the Cape’s most respected producers. One of the oldest farms of the buzzing Paardeberg region, Lammershoek has many interesting parcels of old dry-land bush vines.
The deep white, granitic soils on Lammershoek produce wines that are exceptionally pure, with a granitic perfume that shines through in red and white varieties.
If vineyards had CV’s, Kasteelsig’s would be impressive. Growing grapes for a long list of respected producers, these dry-land, organically farmed vineyards produce classy, complete wines. Owned by Argentinean, Billy Hughes, these vines are farmed with a true sensitivity, and this shines through in the character of the syrah, mourvedre and viognier grown in them.
The soils, found on the rolling hills north of Malmesbury, are a deep combination of red gravel and iron, and produce dark, concentrated wines that are the flesh of our blends.
Owned and farmed by winemaker Pieter du Toit and his family, and situated just outside the idyllic town of Riebeek Kasteel. The vineyards must surely have some of the best views in the Cape, located on the upper east facing slopes of the valley (Kloof) between the Riebeek and Porcelain mountains, overlooking the quaint town and valley below. The undulating vineyards are planted on very steep, well drained shaley slopes, which are difficult to work and harvest.
The highly varied row directions and aspects bring much complexity to wines, and the high shale content of the soils gives serious structure, and brings an earthy spicy character to syrah planted in them.
Situated on the south western slopes of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, up the Riebeeksrivier road - one of the most interesting viticultural sites in the Swartland. Due to the farms location these vines receive the maximum benefits from the cooling breezes coming off the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and this helps the vines recover during late afternoons and evening while ripening in the warmer parts of summer. We source Syrah and Chenin blanc from the farm, which is intuitively managed by Thuys Louw and Anton Estpost.
The soils are shale based, which drain easily, reducing vigor and providing grapes of perfume, freshness and structure.