In 2006, Johann Rupert initiated the search for all vineyards in South Africa older than 35 years. Traditionally the South African wine industry depended on tonnage, meaning that the meager yields of older vines dictated them to be removed. What was left was some pretty spectacular pockets of vines tended by people who either kept them out of sentiment or foresight. Old vine wine guaranteeing intensity, texture and a real sense of place. Preserving them then is an act of social responsibility toward South African wine and the people who invested in them despite the odds.
The vineyards selected for the Cape of Good Hope range represent exceptional vineyard sites and some of the oldest vines in the country, lovingly tended to produce only the finest reflection of their terroir. These vines are a reflection of a countrywide search that was to spark a worldwide old vine movement.
Situated in the isolated Elandskloof Valley just north of Villiersdorp the wines produced here are a perfect representation of its cool climate terroir.
Arbeidsend has been in the van Lill family for three generations. Traditionally rooibos tea and sheep farmers, Basie van Lill’s father decided to plant a few parcels of vines to diversify. These vineyards are also surrounded by fynbos.
Henk Laing’s farm, Trekpoort, is situated on a stretch of land between Lamberts Bay and Clanwilliam, on the Skurfberg Mountain overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Laing has a deep understanding of this land, the vines, the weather, the animals and fynbos, having walked these soils during harvest with his father, decades ago.
Join us for a Homegrown Black Truffle-inspired Lunch
The harvest has been sizeable enough for us to share some of it with you. We invite you to join us for a black truffle, or black gold (as it’s known) inspired four-course meal, paired with wines produced from Altima vines.
We’ve made our full wine portfolio available for sale online. Selling directly from the farm we guarantee provenance and cellar door prices throughout. Wine club members receive discounted prices and exclusive offers.