Gabrieskloof Winery, Winemaking Philosophy of Minimal Intervention
Gabrielskloof Winery is family-owned and operated, and its staff takes careful steps to farm this beautiful, rugged landscape naturally. Their winemaking philosophy is also one of minimal intervention. They believe that this is the best way to express and give prominence to the vineyards’ terroir and create world-class wines with a unique expression.
A Long Search for the Ideal Location
South African Bernhard Heyns searched for many to find the best piece of land to plant his vines. He then began establishing the winery he had always dreamt about. One windy summer’s day in 2000, Bernhard happened to turn up on a wheat and sheep farm on the border of Botrivier. He immediately saw the landscape’s potential and that this could be the perfect place for a winery. He bought a piece of the land at this farm and started clearing existing vegetation to plant the highly acclaimed vineyards of Gabrieskloof Winery.
Diversity and Complexity of the Winery’s Terroir
The company’s vision is to make the best possible wines that show the complexity, diversity, and richness of the Gabrielskloof terroir. The microclimate, rainfall, sunshine, and soil are perfect for the growth and cultivation of vines. Gabrieskloof Winery ensures the use of sustainable and organic methods to protect the region’s biodiversity and its vines’ health. The main grape varieties grown include Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Semillon, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. The best grapes are used to make their world-class red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert wines.
There is minimal use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. The Gabrieskloof Winery is recognized as a WWF Conservation Champion for their organic practices.