South Africa

Western Cape, South Africa


Chris & Suzaan Alheit are a husband and wife team. They have traveled and worked harvest together in California’s Napa Valley, Western Australia, Saint-Émilion, Clare Valley & the Mosel Valley.  Their love for adventure overseas has led them to New Zealand, Languedoc, Rousillon, Provence, the Northern & Southern Rhone & the Cyclades in Greece. They have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the great wines of Europe—a place they consider to be the heartland of truly fine wine. In their winemaking, they strive to apply lessons learned in Europe to what they do in the Cape. Their aim is to make wines that have a fine form and are not bulky. The result is finely crafted wines that have ample power, but no excess weight—something akin to a gymnast, rather than a sumo wrestler. Alheit is based on Hemelrand, a beautiful mountain farm situated high on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in Walker Bay. This rugged piece of fynbos covered land belongs to Hans & Mary Anne Evenhuis. Complete with stone buildings, Hemelrand is planted to an olive grove, lavender fields and a very exciting young vineyard. The Alheit’s are absolute minimalists in their winemaking approach. Grapes are whole bunch pressed. No enzymes, sulphur or yeast are used. The grapes undergo natural fermentation in old barrels with absolutely no new oak used. The first sulphur is applied in winter. The wines are not racked and they stay on the lees for ten months. They do not fine and filtration is used only if absolutely needed. Wines are held for seven months prior to...

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Duncan Savage, previously the winemaker at Cape Point Vineyards, introduced his own label in 2011 with a goal to produce rock-solid, classic and elegant wines. Through his time at Cape Point, Duncan grew to understand maritime vineyards, which led him to source grapes for Savage wines from maritime and high altitude sites around the Western Cape. These small, hand-selected parcels receive a lot of love and attention throughout the growing season. Each vineyard’s unique terroir contributes in its own special way to the blends. Savage wines are inspired by the great older reds from South Africa and abroad that have stood the test of time, and are made with gentle extraction, minimal intervention, and moderate...

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The name De Wetshof has been synonymous with the production of fine wines in South Africa since the 1970’s. As the first registered wine estate in the Robertson Wine Valley, De Wetshof has become known internationally as South Africa’s eminent Chardonnay House due to the pioneering role it played in introducing this noble grape to the South Africa. The De Wet family’s winemaking heritage can be traced back to 1694 when the first De Wets arrived at the Cape and immediately made a mark on the South African wine industry. Today, De Wetshof is one of the few third generation wine estates in South Africa. Here Danie de Wet, proprietor and cellarmaster, is assisted by sons Johann (viticulture and marketing) and Peter (winemaker). De Wetshof’s wines express the uniqueness of the soils of the Estate and meticulous attention to detail, while state-of-the-art technology ensures that the work in the cellar complements the gifts of natures...

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Delaire Graff Estate is situated in the heart of Stellenbosch, South Africa’s most historic and prestigious wine region. The estate was founded in 1679 by Simon van der Stel, whose sound knowledge of viticulture and the art of winemaking fostered traditions that have grown through the centuries. In 1982, John Platter, the well-known wine writer, bought the estate, then known as Avontuur. Looking at the magnificent view, he decided to rename the farm Delaire Estate, meaning “From the Sky.” Laurence Graff, Chairman of Graff Diamonds International, acquired the estate in 2003 and vowed to transform it into South Africa’s most desirable art, hospitality and wine destination. Delaire Graff Estate creates red wines that are big in structure, with soft tannins and elegance, and white wines that capture the freshness of the harvest. With one of the most advanced cellars in the Southern Hemisphere, Delaire Graff is now comfortably rated as one of the top ten wine producers in South...

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Eben Sadie is considered one of the great preservationists and visionaries in the new generation of South African winemakers. To Eben, the vineyard and fruit are part of the story—the truest expression of his art and philosophy. The wine writer Neal Martin recently called Sadie an “outspoken, peripatetic, terroir-obsessed winemaker who has been instrumental in putting Swartland on the map. He produces a small portfolio of comparatively expensive, but highly coveted wines based on Rhone varieties sourced from his seemingly never-ending search for pockets of old bush vines and unique terroirs. These are cerebral wines built to...

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Adi Badenhorst has the unique ability to fashion spectacular wines at all levels of the price spectrum, and he could see tremendous potential in the under $10 category. “There is so much high quality fruit in the Swartland that ends up unrecognizable in Bag-in-Box blends. I felt that by adding a little more care to the vinification of these grapes, while maintaining cost efficiency in production, we could produce wines that would be sure to turn a few heads for a very reasonable sum of money.” And so, together with Broadbent Selections, The Curator project was born. Known for having impeccable taste & style, “The Curator” was assembled as a unique blend from the fantastic library of wine parcels at Adi’s disposal. These parcels each possess distinct and complex character, which translates into the wine. Only 2 wines are made: The Curator Red and The Curator...

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