The Estate

About the Estate

Our picturesque Neethlingshof Wine Estate in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands is flanked by the Bottelary Hills and Papegaaisberg Mountains.

History

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.

Beauty

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.

Conservation

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 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.

Viticulturist,

Hannes van Zyl was born in Vredendal and studied at Elsenberg to become a viticulturist.

Before starting at the LUSAN Group in 1996, he worked in a vineyard nursery, fine tuning his skills before moving to The Olives Farm as a farm manager and eventually to Neethlingshof as resident viticulturist.

Van Zyl adheres to his motto “After the season you have the results” relating to ensuring the work he does every day has to be consistent and right which will show itself in the end result, the well-structured, terroir driven Neethlingshof wines. He doesn’t believe that any good wine just begins in the vineyard; it begins with the correct soil preparation, choosing the right vineyard block, assessing the slopes and variation and lastly but most importantly choosing the correct cultivar.

His favourite area on the farm is the south facing slopes and while he loves working with all the cultivars, his favourites are the Malbec and Chenin Blanc because both grapes will exhibit the work that has been put into the vineyards prior to harvest, depicting quality, quantity and size of berry.

Van Zyl’s favourite hobby is hunting water birds with his two German Short Hair Pointers and of course slow cooking his catch.

But what sums this man up the most is his belief in keeping things real because with hard work and dedication, one will see results.

Jacobus van Zyl

He grew up on the farm in Rawsonville. His dad delivered grapes to a co-op close to Rawsonville. His best memories will always be harvest time on the farm, driving the tractor to the cellar.

You are most likely to find him running in the mountain, swimming in the ocean or behind a stove in the kitchen.

He has gained experience locally (Rupert & Rothschild and Rust & Vrede) as well as abroad (Napa California and France Medoc Bordeaux).