Dragonridge Winery: in the heart of Swartland
Dragonridge Winery is located in the Swartland wine region on Fynbos Estate in South Africa. The name actually comes from a mountain in the farm that looks like a sleeping dragon. The farm has 15 hectares of vineyards and 270 hectares of the nature reserve. About 20 to 40 tonnes of organic grapes are produced yearly in the farm which is used to produce small batches of handcrafted natural organic wines.
Following Minimal intervention principle
The philosophy that Dragonridge abide by is very simple, they make natural wines from unirrigated vineyards that are pruned and suckered to produce small yields of grapes with concentrated flavors. The grapes are handpicked and then brought to the winery which is approximately 500 metres away from the vineyard. They are then crushed de-stemmed and pressed lightly to avoid bitter tastes, and then put into tank or barrel. No extra additives are added. Fermentation occurs due to the wild yeasts that are present on the grape skins and the sugars are never added as they are already present in the grapes. Minimal sulphur is used through the process and the wines are vinified with very little interference. The bottling is done without filtration.
The wines are not only completely organic but also 100% vegan
Experience great sparkling wines at site
Owned by the winemaker Johan Simons, Dragonridge Winery produces a range of single cultivar wines and blends, as well as bubbly (madein the traditional Methode Ancestrale) and a dessert wine, all named after the stars visible in the night sky above Fynbos Estate. The wines made belong to the Swartland classification of wines.
The grape varieties produced in the vineyard are Pinotage, Chenin, Viognier, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and
Mourvedre which makes the rich, flavored red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines.