• Dornier Wine Estate

    Culture in Every Sip

    Dornier Wine Estate is situated at the foot of Stellenbosch Mountain in the famous wine sub-region, The Golden Triangle. The focus at Dornier lies on the production of premium quality red and white wines that are expressive of the unique terroir of the area. Ancient decomposed granite soils found on cool, south facing slopes lead to the production of elegant wines of complex structure. Dornier’s iconic cellar has a 500-ton production capacity and is complemented by a state-of-the-art wine tasting facility.

  • Diemersdal

    A PASSIONATE HERITAGE

    In 1698 Simon van der Stel granted farmland to free burgher, Hendrik Sneewind. Later, the farm changed hands to Captain Diemer when he married the widow Sneewind, and thus Diemersdal was formally established. An inventory found in an old leather-bound book dating back to 1702 lists 45 wine barrels, a wine press and glass bottles, indicating that wine has been made on the Estate for over three centuries. Six generations of Louws have practiced their art with skill and passion at Diemersdal since the Estate passed into their hands in 1885. More than 12 decades later, Diemersdal is a well-known landmark in the lush Durbanville Valley, one of the Cape’s oldest wine regions.

    OUR HOME FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY

    Situated on the cool slopes of the Dorstberg, with Table Mountain as backdrop, Diemersdal provides the perfect setting for the production of unique, soulful wines. The farm covers 340 hectares of land, with 180 of those under vines. The rest consists of grazing land, as well as a sizeable area of Renosterveld, one of the most threatened vegetation types in the world and an asset we work hard to conserve. The homestead itself is well preserved and the palm trees planted decades ago by Grandfather Matthys Louw have grown as tall as the whitewashed gables, whispering tales of a bygone era.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF TERROIR

    Diemersdal Wines are the perfect expression of the distinct Durbanville terroir; the sum of the complex interaction between topography, soil content and climate. The grapes that go into Diemersdal Wines are grown under optimal conditions, in deep red Hutton soils, featuring decomposed granite and a high clay content. The vineyards, situated on the northern and southern slopes of the Dorstberg, are subject to glorious cooling mists that roll in each afternoon from the Atlantic Ocean. The grapes are grown under dryland conditions, with no irrigation, which allows them to uniformly ripen and develop concentrated flavours. The combination of excellent soil, varying aspect, slopes and the high rainfall of 700mm per year all contribute to the uniqueness of Diemersdal Wines.

    THE CELLAR

    At Diemersdal we blend the old and new worlds of winemaking.
    In pursuit of the award-winning red wines that give expression to the rich diversity of the terroir, we use traditional open fermenters to enhance the natural flavours and soften the tannins in our grapes. We take great care in choosing the barrels for each cultivar. For the white wines, we have a brand new state-of-the art winery where we adopt an approach of minimum intervention to conserve prominent varietal character. To continually produce unique wines, our winemakers pay meticulous attention to detail and spend time experimenting with new techniques, barrels and yeasts.

  • Boplaas

    ABOUT OUR FAMILY

    Although our story dates back to 1880 when the first brandy was crafted at Boplaas by Daniel Nel, for export to London, it is only since 1980 that Boplaas in its current form came into existence. Being a born entrepreneur, Carel Nel’s first business venture was buying old broken antique furniture, getting it restored and re-selling it. After finishing is BSc studies in winemaking, he joined his father on the farm. Always on the lookout for budding opportunities, he soon started a fruit drying, fruit preserve and jam business and over time used the profits to build a cellar on the farm.

    The success of the Boplaas vrugtehappies (dried fruit titbits) and other dried fruits allowed us to follow our true passion of crafting fine wines in the Klein Karoo. The foundation stone of the new cellar was laid on 1981 with the first Boplaas Estate wines released in 1982. Our very first SA Champion Port was crafted in 1986 and was awarded this coveted title at the National Young Wine Show.

    Towards the end of the 80’s we established the first vineyards at Ruiterbosch in the Outeniqua Mountains, the first cool climate site in the Southern Cape. This allowed us to produce Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Méthode Cap Classique (traditional bottle fermented sparkling wine).

  • Beeslaar Wines

    Abrie Beeslaar is the cellarmaster at Kanonkop Estate in Stellenbosch, a position he inherited from his mentor and pinotage specialist Beyers Truter. There he works with Bordeaux varieties as well as pinotage; but for his own label he and his wife Jeanne chose to focus on South Africa’s very own grape variety. 2012 was the first bottling of Beeslaar Pinotage; the 2013 was awarded the coveted five stars in the 2016 Platter’s Guide.

    The wines differ from those made at Kanonkop, displaying perhaps a more modern interpretation of the grape. What is certain is that these wines offer cellaring potential as well as immediacy of fruit, and that this is a new name to watch.

  • Beau Constantia

    Beau Constantia is located at the peak of Constantia Nek and features of the highest vine plantations in the Cape being as high as 350 meters above sea-level. The Beau Constantia’s manicured vines overlook sweeping views of the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains and as far as Hangklip over False Bay.

    Beau Constantia was established in 2002 by Pierre and Cecily Du Preez following the ravaging fires that destroyed the natural Fynbos vegetation and pine forests that were before. The slopes were subsequently cleared and terraced so facilitating prime opportunity for establishment of vineyards. Following intensive soil analysis and the assistance of Mr Japie Bronn, the first vines were established in 2003.

    Great patience and skill were required during the development of the vines given the steepness of the slopes. To date Beau Constantia has proudly established 11.47 hectares of vineyards from which their boutique range of wines are produced. Noble grape varieties planted at Beau Contantia include, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Shiraz.

    Beau Constantia Viognier displays great potential on the farm as a grape variety following the maiden vintage of it’s release in 2010. The 2010 Beau Constantia Cecily Viognier received a 92 point rating from Mr Neal Martin, Wine Advocate reviewer of South African wines for Robert Parker, and was hailed as the best Viognier at the 2011 Novare Terroir Wine Awards.

    More recently, Beau Constantia introduced a second range of wines which includes a white blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier and a red blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot both known as Pas De Nom.

    In addition resident winemaker at Beau Constantia, Justin van Wyk, recently released two premium Bordeaux style red blends. The first of the two, named Beau Constantia Lucca, is a classic, elegant blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The second blend is named after Lucca’s brother, under the label Beau Constantia Aidan, and is more opulent and contemporary in style being a blend of Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Beau Constantia is a newcomer to the Constantia Valley Wine Route. The wines of Beau Constantia have only recently been added to the portfolio of Vin Africa for which exclusive import rights to Europe have been granted to us. We will endeavor to have all the latest vintages available for you, but we ask for your kind understanding should this not always be the case. Should you be traveling to Cape Town, be sure not to miss out on the opportunity of visiting Beau Constantia to taste their wines whilst admiring the breathtaking views from the Beau Constantia tasting room.

  • Ntsiki Biyela-Winemaker

    Aslina is a wine company owned by Ntsiki Biyela who is the first black woman winemaker in South Africa. Aslina is the name of her late grandmother who was and is her inspiration. Ntsiki Biyela grew up under her grandmother’s guidance and care.

    After 13 years of being a winemaker and ambassador of Stellekaya wines, Ntsiki Biyela continued her journey of inspiration by starting her own brand. This followed the collaboration she has been doing with a Californian winemaker which was a brain child of Mika Bulmash from wine for the world. Ntsiki has consulted in France, making wine under Wine makers Collection in Bordeaux.
    She grew up in Mahlabathini, a rural village in Kwazulu Natal, and matriculated from high school in 1996. Having spent a year as a domestic worker, she was awarded a scholarship to study winemaking in 1999. She graduated in 2003 with a BSc in Agriculture (Viticulture and Oenology) at Stellenbosch University and joined Stellekaya the following year. Ntsiki was crowned Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2009 and has been the finalist for two consecutive years for The Most Influential Women in Business and Government.

    She has received extensive media coverage throughout the world, including features on CNN, the front page of the New York Times, CNBC, SABC (multiple shows), Good Morning America, Classic FM, SAFM, Ukhozi FM and more.
    Ntsiki is involved in the judging of competitions in the wine industry – for example, SAA wine selection, Diners Club Winemaker of the Year competition, IWSC (International Wine and Spirit Competition) and the Nederberg Auction, to name but a few.

    Finally, she sits on the board of directors for the Pinotage Youth Development Academy, which provides technical training and personal development for young South Africans in the Cape Winelands, preparing them for work in the wine industry. The programme offers them the unique opportunity to emulate her own considerable success

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