Cape Rock is situated between the towns of Vredendal and Lutzville on banks of the Olifants river, about 300km north from Cape Town. The Cape Rock brand was established in 2000 and we soon started to make wine on our farm, mainly for sale to bulk buyers. The first bottled wine was a Shiraz / Viognier blend and a single cultivar Cabernet Sauvignon followed in 2007. Our total production varies between 5000 and 7000 bottles per year.
Our philosophy / winemaking style: At Cape Rock Wines we strive to return to the way our forefathers made wine. We do everything by hand using our own sensibly farmed grapes from low yielding Mediterranean varieties to make wines that reflect the area as we see it without any unnecessary additions or the application of modern winemaking techniques.We mostly use our own grapes and add as little chemicals and sulphur as possible in the cellar. We also try to make use of natural fermentation where possible. All our wines are made from handpicked grapes, fermented in open top oak fermenters with a two ton capacity each and matured in older oak barrels in order not to impart obvious oak derived flavours. The reality is that we don’t have control over the storage conditions or the time when the purchaser will drink the wine. We embrace this uncertainty and aim to produce wines that can mature for a while, but are elegant and easy drinking right from the start, rather than over extracted ‘showstoppers’ that cannot be enjoyed after the first glass.