WELCOME TO DE WETSHOF WINE ESTATE
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 Burgundian grape to the country.
The De Wet family’s winemaking heritage can, however, 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).
Danie is a pioneer of noble white wines in South Africa and has also introduced superior red cultivars to the Robertson Wine Valley. A graduate of the Geisenheim Institute in Germany, one of the world’s leading centres for the study of viticulture and cellar technology, De Wet’s wines express the uniqueness of the soils of De Wetshof and meticulous attention to detail, while state-of-the-art technology ensures that the work in the cellar complements the gifts of nature’s vineyards.
With its crisp white buildings, rose bushes and jacaranda trees, the Estate has become a well-known landmark in the Robertson wine valley. The cellar façade is based on the renowned and historic First Customs House in Cape Town, while the tasting room/administration offices is a replica of the Koopmans/De Wet House in Strand Street, Cape Town, dating back to 1791. Both buildings were designed by Louis Michel Thibault one of the most renowned architects of early Cape architecture.
Thousands of local and foreign tourists visit the De Wetshof winery each year for a taste of history and a glimpse into the future of South African wine.
Since its inception in 2006, the hosting of the Celebration of Chardonnay on De Wetshof has indeed been a unique ode to the grape variety to which the Estate is committed, namely Chardonnay. The aim of each event is to capture the imagination of those attending by...read more
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, the first South African chef to receive a coveted Michelin star for his cooking in France, was honoured on Friday during the biennial Celebration of Chardonnay at De Wetshof Estate in Robertson. The Golden Vine Award is awarded at this...read more
Jay McInerney, American novelist and wine writer for – inter alia – The Wall Street Journal, gave the address at this year’s De Wetshof Celebration of Chardonnay. In his first visit in 15 years, he noticed a profound shift in quality of his favourite white wine as...read more
In one of its finest showings in the Veritas Wine Awards to date, pioneering Chardonnay wine estate De Wetshof from Robertson won the only Double Gold medal in the category for Unwooded Chardonnay wines plus four Gold medals. De Wetshof Limestone Hill 2016 took Double...read more
It was the last time the Nederburg Auction saw De Wetshof Estate’s legendary Finesse Chardonnay 1993 coming under the hammer, therefore it came as no surprise to see this item break the white wine price record at this year’s auction, commanding R1 500 per bottle. Two...read more
A vine is a truly wonderful plant, and does not ask for much: planting in the correct soils conducive to its relevant variety, as well as sufficient sunlight for bud-break, flowering and to ripen the grapes. A splash of water to nourish the roots that can creep down...read more
De Wetshof Wine Estate
Tel +27(0) 23 615 1853 Fax +27(0) 23 615 1915