Stellenbosch, South Africa
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DeMorgenzon is a Stellenbosch producer that was purchased in 2003 by Hylton and Wendy Appelbaum. Formerly the couple was based in Johannesburg and had been very successful in business, with Wendy directing an investment company. Still partly involved in their business interests and very much involved in philanthropy, they have spent a considerable amount of time and energy creating this top Stellenbosch winery. DeMorgenzon was originally part of a larger farm called Uiterwyk (“The Outer Ward”) which was granted by Willem Adriaan van der Stel in 1699. Vines have been planted in that area since the early 1700s. DeMorgenzon (or “The Morning Sun”) is located in the Stellenbosch Kloof area which is an area of rolling hills, some getting up to 400 meters above sea level, between Stellenbosch and Cape Town.
DeMorgenzon has dramatic views of the town of Stellenbosch in one direction, and of False Bay and Table Mountain in the other direction. It is one of the highest wineries in that area with vineyards going from 200 to 400 meters above sea level. Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum have worked with the natural environment to eliminate invasive plant species and restore areas of natural vegetation on the farm. The vines are nurtured to such an extent that they have classical Baroque music piped through speakers into the vineyards all day, every day. The Appelbaums believe in the research which has been done between plant growth and music, and are the only Cape winery (or only winery anywhere) that we have heard of that goes to these lengths to nurture their vines.
DeMorgenzon is very much off the usual tourist wine tasting route. They are located on an old farm road and have a driveway over a mile long. With more tasting rooms popping up in Stellenbosch, winery visitors are spoiled for choice and only those in the know tend to end up at DeMorgenzon. The team is dedicated to biodiversity on the farm with 10% of the land having been set aside for the restoration of the natural vegetation called Renosterveld which is becoming endangered. Wines are made by Carl van de Merwe who has a wealth of experience including multiple vintages in France, over a decade worth of winemaking in the Cape, and he is working towards becoming one of the few South African Masters of Wine.