Neethlingshof Wine Estate
Our picturesque Neethlingshof Wine Estate in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands is flanked by the Bottelary Hills and Papegaaisberg Mountains. Along with the beautifully historic manor house, our estate is steeped in history which dates back to 1692 and distinguished by the beautiful avenue of stone pines. It’s a place where soil, climate and vines co-exist in perfect harmony. We have enviable soils and micro climates to allow us to choose the correct site; which results in pure expression of our unique terroir.
Biodiversity At Neethlingshof
Our Estate is a member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI), highlighting our commitment to eco-sustainability. 28ha of the 110ha wine farm (under vine) is set aside for conservation and focusing on replanting the indigenous Renosterveld species to restore the natural balance in nature.
Winemaker de Wet Viljoen
De Wet Viljoen was raised on a wine farm in the Breede River Valley and attended Stellenbosch University where he studied oenology and viticulture after obtaining a BSc in microbiology. Before returning to South Africa, De Wet worked for two vintages at Kendall-Jackson’s La Crema cellar in California. His background moulded him into the perfect, passionate connoisseur to become the Neethlingshof winemaker in 2003. At the Neethlingshof Wine Estate, he forms part of a close-knit team with Professor Eben Archer, our Estate’s highly regarded consulting viticulturist who was also ironically one of his lecturers while studying. Having been in charge of a number vintages for Neethlingshof, he understands which oak complement his wine best in expressing a unique “sense of place”. In his view, if the wine does not have a distinguishable character, there’s just no sense in bottling them with a Neethlingshof label! He strives for complexity in his wine and for balance between fruit, structure and wood; to create a deeply satisfying taste experience for you, every time.
(Source: Neethlingshof Wine Estate South-Africa)