Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Kleine Zalze wine estate first became a farm in 1685 when the land was granted to German immigrant Nicolaas Cleef who came from a small town called Salse in Eastern Germany. Records dating back to 1695 show that Nicolaas Cleef paid taxes to the town of Stellenbosch in that year and that 7000 vines were recorded for tax purposes. During this time many of the original farms in the Cape were being granted to settlers and mixed farming was the norm. The farm was divided into Kleine and Groot Zalze (Large and Small Zalze), and also the name was changed from Salse to Zalze as the Dutch language was the predominant language in the Cape at the time. The two properties were reunited into one farm in 1996 when the current owner, Kobus Basson purchased both farms and took the name Kleine Zalze.
The farm is blessed with good soils and sunshine. The ocean is about 12 km away and winds blowing off False Bay help to cool the vineyards during the hot growing season. The soils are primarily decomposed granite and Table Mountain sandstone with some clay mixed in for good measure. Kleine Zalze Estate includes a luxury guest lodge and award winning restaurant called Terroir. There is also a private golf course and residential development named De Zalze which is adjacent to Kleine Zalze but operates separately. The golf course is ranked number three in the Western Cape, and the theme of the greater estate is one of luxury. Kleine Zalze wines are made in a balanced and food friendly style and have received numerous five star reviews in South Africa, and they are actively working on expanding the international market. In addition to all this they have stunning views of the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains which make one stop and enjoy the greater experience.