DE WETSHOF ESTATE
Robertson, South Africa
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The De Wet family immigrated to South Africa in 1693 and have since been actively connected to the wine industry of the Cape. Danie De Wet, present owner and winemaker was sent by his father to Geisenheim, the famous German wine institute to study vinticulture and and cellar technology.
Danie pioneered the noble white varieties of Europe in South Africa and today the estate of 140 hectare specializes in superior white wines. Thus De Wetshof, the first wine estate in the Robertson region, made South Africa's first Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Rhine Riesling.
Thabo Mbeki (VP of South Africa) with Danie de Wet - winner of the 1996 award for Export Achievement
During his time as a student at Geisenheim, Danie developed a love for Chardonnay and was the pioneering force in bringing that wine into the country. Today Danie de Wet is South Africa’s foremost Chardonnay producer. In 1994 Dinner’s Club selected him as wine man of the year for his Chardonnay. The estate located in the lime rich Robertson valley produces over 50,000 cases of Chardonnay from 10 different clones. The styles vary from unwooded to barrel fermented and, are close in style to French Chablis.
Danie was originally inspired to persue viticulture as a career following his father around the farm in his high school days. Today he is ably assisted by his two sons, Johann and Peter.