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.
Bang on target, De Wetshof Estate in Robertson will begin harvesting grapes for the 2018 vintage in the week of 15 January. According to De Wetshof CEO Johann de Wet a slightly lower-yielding harvest than average is expected due to the dry conditions experienced in...read more
By achieving the highest rating for unwooded Chardonnay at this year’s Veritas Wine Awards, De Wetshof Estate from Robertson becomes arguably the most awarded unwooded Chardonnay producer in South Africa. At this year’s Veritas, the top awards in the unwooded...read more
In his latest report, Tim Atkin’s ratings for De Wetshof Chardonnays were: The Site 2015 (93pt), Bateleur 2015 (92pts), Lesca 2016 (91pts) and Bon Vallon 2017 (90pts). According to Johann de Wet, CEO of De Wetshof and chairman of the SA Chardonnay Forum, international...read more
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
De Wetshof Wine Estate
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