Western Cape, South Africa
With an influx of technique, capital, diversity and pride, South Africa is a premier winemaking region, full-stop. In fact, the reborn country is now the eighth largest producer in the world. This quiet emergence from its historic reputation means the market has yet to catch up to the quality of South African wine. But don’t take our word for it. Check it out for yourself.
Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Western Cape
Greek for “a serene state of mind, free from worry and preoccupation,” Ataraxia wines live up to it’s name. Known as “The Skyfields,” Ataraxia is situated in the mountains in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge (Afrikaans for “heaven and earth”) area in Walker Bay beneath a lofty peak of the Babylon’s Tower mountain range. Hemel-en-Aarde lies west of Cape Agulhas, Africa’s southernmost tip with close proximity to the South Atlantic Ocean. The climate is particularly mild and ideal for growing cooler-climate loving grapes.
Simonsberg-Paarl, Western Cape
Babylonstoren started in 1692, when it’s first owner looked up at the Simonsberg Mountain and thought its shape resembled the biblical Tower of Babel. The estate boasts a 5 star hotel, two on site farm to table restaurants, and the famous gardens which date back to the origin of the farm. The Babylonstoren logo, which consists of the pipe (representing the lifestyle of the farmer), the flower (representing the garden) and the bird (representing nature), combines the very essence of Babylonstoren – keeping things simple and as true to the earth as possible.
Constantia, Western Cape
Winemaker Duran Cornhill has a range of experience, from Bordeaux to New Zealand, and is an expert in Constantia terroir from him time at the famous Klein Constantia. His philosophy of winemaking is “an art combined with both science and nature, and when steered in the right direction it will display origin and excellence”.
Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Banghoek Valley, Western Cape
Zorgvliet, pronounced ‘Sorg-fleet’ translates to ‘no worries.’ Where did Zorgvliet the name Silver MYn? In 1740 Frans Diederik Muller claims to have discovered silver, copper and even gold between the two big rocks in the Simonsberg Mountains. Yet no silver was found after 5 years of searching, and Muller was sent home as an imposter. Who knows what other mysteries and secrets lie in the Banghoek Valley?