Stellenbosch, South Africa
Saxenburg Wine Farm is situated on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills above Kuilsriver in the wine growing region of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.
Saxenburg dates back to 1693 when Governor Simon van der Stel granted the land to a free burger, Joachim Sax. In 1705 the farm became the property of Olaff and Albertus Berg, and the name Saxenburg developed from these early pioneers. Saxenburg then had a succession of owners, including Lord Charles Somerset and the De Villiers family.
Situated on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills above Kuilsriver, between the two oceans, the vineyards enjoy ideal soil and climatic conditions and cool breezes from False Bay during the summer months. Because of the winter rains and the cool breezes in the summer, no artificial irrigation is required. Wine cultivars are planted on the cooler southern slopes and the red cultivars on the warmer western slopes. The winemaker and vineyard staff work closely with nature and share a sense of achievement when producing only the finest.
Nico van der Merwe, Saxenburg's wine-maker, became the South African Champion Winemaker of 1991, and his expertise and dedication assures the continued quality of Saxenburg wines. Nico feels that there must be real harmony between the grapes and the wine, and his control of the vineyard and wine cellar, combined with the sharing of his knowledge and skills with his staff, enables Saxenburg to produce wines of exceptional quality.
Nico's exceptional talent and skill has continued to keep Saxenburg firmly on the map. In the 1993 Veritas Awards, Saxenburg won 5 Double Gold Medals out of seven entries. All Saxenburg entries in the 1994 Veritas Awards gained medals establishing the vineyard as one of Stellenboschs most successful wine producers.
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