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 Johann de Wet has taken-up the role of CEO and is also responsible for De Wetshof’s vineyards, while brother Peter runs finances and logistics. Both are also actively involved in winemaking and strategy along with their father Danie.
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.
It is hard to believe that De Wetshof’s Chardonnay harvest this year only came to an end on the 24th of March. Danie de Wet says that since De Wetshof became one of the first Cape farms to plant Chardonnay way back in 1975, never did he imagine seeing the grapes still being picked in the last week of March.
Nature has a reputation for slowing down during winter. Creatures go into hibernation. Trees drop their leaves before falling into a restorative slumber. Humans gather around fire-places, sipping wine and using the longer and colder nights as an excuse to turn-down the energy-levels.
That the 2021 Cape wine harvest is one of the latest in recent years can be underscored by the fact that as we speak certain South African wineries are still picking their red varieties. As a result, many winemakers will be stuck in their cellars for the Easter week-end managing those fermentations and racking fermented wine into barrel.
BENEFITS OF BEING A
WINE CLUB MEMBER
Join the De Wetshof Inner Circle
Our “Inner Circle” is a family of wine enthusiasts & connoisseurs that share the same passion & love for our wines.
The following benefits will be exclusive to the De Wetshof Inner Circle members only:
Regular special wine offers
10% discount on Cellar Door pricing
No annual membership fees or joining fee
Purchase of rare or special “Members Only” wine
Complimentary tastings (up to 4 people per visit)
Invitations to exclusive functions, launches, and openings
Pre-notification of all special offers from the Tasting Room
15% discount on Cellar Door pricing during your birthday month
Advance notification of new releases, special events and wine dinners
Quarterly newsletters of what’s happening on the farm and what to expect
Free delivery, if order is more than 12 bottles or to the value of R3000.00
Please note: De Wetshof Inner Circle membership only available to South African citizens.
Monday to Friday
08:00 – 17:00
09:30 – 13:00
09:30 – 13:00
Closed on Good Friday, Family Day, Day of Goodwill, Christmas Day and New Years Day
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De Wetshof Wine Estate
Tel +27(0) 23 615 1853