Saxenburg Estates – a Winery with History Dating Back to 1693
Saxenburg Estates Winery has been operating since 1693 when Governor Simon Van Der Stel granted the land to a man from Sweden, Joachim Sax. In 1705 the farm became the property of Oloff and Albertus Bergh, also from Sweden, and the name Saxenburg developed from these early winemaking pioneers. In 1707, records show that the first vines were planted. The farm went from being a grape growing farm to a mine as a result of the natural resources in the ground. Predominantly granite and zinc were found, and as a result, as the property was converted back to a winery, these nutrients now add intense flavor and mineral enrichment to the wines.
Saxenburg Estates Winery produces premium wines expressive of their incredible terroir and consistent in quality for all to enjoy.
The vineyards of historic Saxenburg Estates Winery are situated on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills in the picturesque region of Stellenbosch. They overlook Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. In 1989, after acquiring Saxenburg, Adrian and Birgit Bührer moved their five children from Switzerland to Stellenbosch and set upon a journey of hard work, love, and relentless commitment, to make Saxenburg one of the top wineries in the country. They strive to produce premium wines expressive of their incredible terroir, consistent in quality and bringing a joy for all to enjoy.
Winning Awards and Receiving Accolades into A New Generation of Winemakers
White grape varieties are planted on the cooler south and southeastern slopes and red varieties on the warmer northern and northwestern slopes. In 1993, Saxenburg Winery won five double gold medals at the Veritas Awards, making the wine estate famous. They have not stopped receiving accolades since this time and continuallly prodcue excelent quality wines. Winning an award for the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the world at the IWSC in 2007. In 2015, two siblings of the second generation at Saxenburg Estates took the reins with the goal of maintaining the hard work achieved in the winery up to this point. This new generation of winemaker takes into consideration the heritage and tradition, whilst bringing innovation and upholding the superior quality of the wines, at Saxenburg with respect for the exceptional terroir of the region.
Predominately Red Wine Production for Exceptional Shiraz Wines
Saxenburg Estates Winery is 200 hectares in size and 70 hectares are planted with grapevines. 80% of the wine production is red, particularly lending to the large sections of decomposed granite sites creating optimal soil for Shiraz. The different site-specific locations of Saxenburg vineyards permit the versatility of grape varieties. It is undoubtedly the terroir which makes this farm exceptional and unique. You will also find people who speak Afrikaans at the winery.