Stellenbosch - L'Avenir South Africa
L'Avenir South Africa
In tribute to the celebrated terroir of the historical Stellenbosch wine region, L’Avenir focuses on producing elegant wines which showcase their unique setting. We focus on the 2 varietals which form the foundation stone of the South African wine industry – tipping our hat to the heritage of Chenin Blanc while embracing the innovation inherent in Pinotage. Distinctly South African wines with a touch of French flair.
Vineyards and Soil
Despite L’Avenir Estate only having been established in 1992, our soils have been under vine since the beginning of the Stellenbosch wine region. The majority of our vineyards have reached full maturity, resulting in naturally limited yields of the highest quality grapes. We keep our focus on the vineyards, in order to produce premium quality grapes. Our soil types are varied and include Glenrosa, which is considered to be one of the Cape's best soil configurations for the vine. A vein of disintegrated shale, which is particularly suited to Pinotage vines, runs through the property. The farm lies in a cleft in the land, so we have slopes that face in every direction, creating a natural diversity of styles.
Founded in 1992
L'Avenir estate was founded by Mauritian-born, Marc Wiehe, in 1992; prior to which the land had been under vine since the days of Simon van der Stel. L'Avenir swiftly rose to icon status - the 1997 L'Avenir Chenin Blanc was ranked best in the country at that year's Chenin Blanc Challenge& by 2004, no Pinotage had been named as frequently as L'Avenir among the top ten in the annual Top Ten Pinotage Competition. After being acquired by Chablis-based Laroche & following a merger between Laroche & the Jeanjean family, L’Avenir now forms a part of AdVini - a family-owned wine producer with a focus on France & a footprint in Africa in the form of L’Avenir.
Source: L'Avenir South-Africa