Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate is a family-owned winery located in the Bot River Valley of the Western Cape in South Africa. It was founded in 2001 by Bernhard Heyns and his wife, Andrea Mullineux, who are both passionate about wine and the environment.
The winery is named after the nearby kloof (ravine) that was discovered by Gabriël le Roux, a French Huguenot who settled in the area in 1704. The vineyards are situated on the south-facing slopes of the kloof and benefit from the cool maritime breezes that blow in from the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate is committed to sustainable farming and has adopted a number of environmentally friendly practices, including the use of cover crops to reduce erosion and improve soil fertility, and the use of natural predators to control pests. The winery also has a solar energy system that provides up to 90% of its electricity needs.
The winery produces a range of wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Bordeaux-style blends. The grapes are handpicked and carefully sorted before being fermented in small batches. The wines are aged in French oak barrels before being bottled.
Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate has received numerous awards and accolades for its wines, including a 5-star rating from the respected South African wine guide, Platter's.