Excelsior Wine Estate, 160-Year-Old Winery in the Picturesque Robertson Valley
The Excelsior Wine Estate is situated in one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, the Robertson Wine Valley. The winery is family-owned with over 160 years of winemaking experience. The De Wet Family has farmed here since 1859 when Koos de Wet settled in the region.
First Winemakers in Cape Town
Koos de Wet was a descendant of Jacobus de Wet, a Dutch East India Company who came to Cape Town in 1697 and prioritized planting vines. Jacobus purchased a vast property in Stellenbosch and became known as one of the first winemakers in Cape Town. After a family disagreement, Koos moved to the Robertson region and established the Excelsior Estate Winery. The winery was divided between his sons, who bred horses and planted vines.
Excelsior Estate – Fifth Generation of Wine Producers
In its fifth generation, the winery has always been making wines, and vines are the most crucial crop in their estate. The Excelsior wines are loved worldwide, as they export to more than 20 countries. Their farm extends over 220 hectares, and strict vineyard practices are used to ensure grapes of high-quality. The main grape varieties grown are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, and Malbec. The workers handpick the best grapes and use them to make their famous red, white, and rosé wines. At the winery, there is also a 4-star manor guesthouse for their visitors.
There is minimal use of chemicals at Excelsior Wine Estate. The Robertson Valley climate and unique soils are already ideal for vine cultivation.