At Saronsberg, a family-owned winery in the picturesque Tulbagh valley. Historically, the farm dates back more than 300 years. In 1969, Tulbagh and surrounds were severely damaged by the largest recorded earthquake in South African history. In 2002 the farm was acquired by the Van Huyssteen family. With its distinctive terroir, Saronsberg has proven the region’s capacity for producing outstanding wines. The broad disparity in altitude, aspect, soil type and temperature produces grapes with contrasting characteristics. Extensive replanting of vineyards takes full advantage of these variations, culminating in terroir-driven wines.
Shiraz is Saronsberg’s focus cultivar, comprising 45% of all plantings. Saronsberg Full Circle, a Shiraz-driven blend, is ranked as one of South Africa’s most consistently awarded wines. A Hands-on cellar provides Dewaldt Heyns, winemaker and general manager, with many options, allowing him to focus on detail while adhering to Saronsberg winemaking philosophy. Saronberg incorporated practices such as the force-cooling of grapes (the first South African cellar to do so), intensive hand-sorting of all our grapes on vibrating sorting tables and the use of gravity during the fermentation process. Saronsberg is committed to sustainable farming. In both 2010 and 2015, Saronsberg was awarded the title of Wine Producer of the Year, as ranked by SAWi (South African Wine index), an independent rating organisation that reviews a wine’s performance internationally over a number of years.
Saronsberg’s impressive line-up of both local and sought after international accolades serves as a guarantee that the winery continually strive for consistency and excellence.