Durbanville, South Africa
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The farm De Grendel was founded in 1720 in the Durbanville region but it was not until 2004 that they bottled their first wine. Originally used for breeding Arabian horses, the farm is today a mixed use farm including dairy , sheep, grain and vines. Baronet Sir David Graaff, who is retired from politics, is the third generation to own and farm the land. The farm is very historical and very close to Cape Town, with views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic ocean. Being a forward thinker, Sir David Graaff made the move to start planting vines in the early 2000s and has become a major player in the Cape wine scene.
Cellar Master Charles Hopkins graduated from Elsenberg Agricultural College in 1986 and has worked vintages in California, Bordeaux and at Graham Beck and Bellingham in the Cape. He is a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild and has numerous double gold Veritas awards to his credit.
The terroirs found on the farm are good for both reds and whites. The prevailing summer wine, the Cape Doctor, brings cooling breezes off False Bay and the nearby Atlantic provides cooling breezes in summer time. De Grendel is also very environmentally aware and is proud to be carbon negative, absorbing more carbon emissions than it gives off. The farm actively protects the highly endangered fynbos vegetation known as Renosterveld (or “Rhino fields” in English.) Top wines from this estate include Shiraz, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc.