De Toren is one of the first wineries in South Africa to producing classic Bordeaux-style wines. Since its foundation, the De Toren vision has been and remains the reinterpretation of the Bordeaux concept and to create unique South African wines from the five grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. De Toren is one of the first wineries in South Africa to producing classic Bordeaux-style wines. Since its foundation, the De Toren vision has been and remains the reinterpretation of the Bordeaux concept and to create unique South African wines from the five grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
Red wines from De Toren
from De Toren
This acclaimed winery is located at the highest point of the Polkadraai Road in the Polkadraai Hills, boasting a view over False Bay and onward to the Atlantic Ocean.
The name of the vineyard farm «Kleine Uitzicht» - or «Little Vista» in English - relates to its splendid 180-degree panorama. Ranging from Table Mountain in the west, across Muizenberg and Somerset West on the Atlantic Ocean in the south, then on to the mountains of the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in the east, the views and scenery are simply breathtaking.
As visitors progress up the road towards the vineyards they are immediately struck by the sight of the tower («de Toren» in Dutch and the Afrikaans vernacular). De Toren was the first wine estate in South Africa to convey its wine over the various levels exclusively by gravity. This is achieved via a lift installed inside the tower that employs this force to gently displace the wine, rather than the harsher mechanical procedure using pumps.
A sensitive approach and a profound respect for nature in the care of the vineyards, combined with meticulous attention to detail in the cellar environment, have determined all processes from the outset. From those very early beginnings, Albie Koch was responsible for De Toren's outstanding reputation and overwhelming success. Unsurprisingly, by 2016 already, De Toren had positioned itself among the top 10 red wine producers in South Africa according to the South African Wine Index. Just one year later, the winery was voted New World Winery of the Year by the leading Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Since 2018, De Toren has transferred primarily to Swiss ownership. In addition to the two main shareholders, Cedric N. Schweri and Daniel R. Mueller, the latter having assumed prime responsibility as CEO. Albie Koch heads the vineyard estate on site; he is also the Managing Partner.
In 2011, Charles Williams took over as Cellar Master from Albie Koch. He not only cultivates this established heritage with expertise and skill, but also with a passion and love for nature dedicated to producing truly unique wines that are full of character and reflect their distinctive South African origins, soils and microclimate in each glass.
Standish / Dan Standish
The Standish Wine company was founded in 1999 by Dan Standish. He started at that time with a small, family-owned plot of almost hundred-year-old Shiraz vines in the heart of the Barossa Valley, in the sub-region of Vine Vale. He is part of the sixth generation of immigrants who settled here in 1848. In his career, Dan Standish gained experience not only in his home country, but also in California, Spain and France. He is passionate about the great wines of the Rhône Valley.
Domaine des Pères de l'Eglise
In 1933, the winegrowers and wine merchants of Châteauneuf-du-Pape were the first to impose quality rules relating to the cultivation and production of wines that would bear the name Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The geographic definition of the cultivation area, along with the other regulations, is still in force today, in order to guarantee the wine quality for connoisseurs. The Gradassi family of the Domaine des Pères de l’Église is following the tradition, but with the fresh impetus provided by the young fourth generation.