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This family owned winery, perched at the end of a steep and bumpy road up the side of the Helderberg, is perfect for those wine lovers who are uncompromising in their devotion. We think you will find it hard to match the experience you will have at De Trafford, because the family has such a relaxed and generous approach to sharing their time, their knowledge, their wines and their passion.
There are loads of oak trees and a lush garden surrounding the little winery , which was designed by owner, wine maker and architect David Trafford, and it is his artist wife’s paintings that feature on some of the labels. Inside the winery, there are no balloons, no fancy pairings, no children’s playground. It is all about authenticity and focus, primarily on superb quality red wines, although David also makes a great chenin and a splendid barrel-aged straw wine.
De Trafford is only open on Friday and Saturday mornings. And it is quite likely that you may have to have to wait ten or so minutes, as a tasting here is virtually a one on one experience. But you can sit happily under the shady oak trees, and see if you can spot a raptor circling above, or explore the cellar – which is a humble and unpretentious but highly functional space that is testament to the hands-on nature and craftsmanship of their wine making process.
Behind the tasting table there is a montage of pictures: snapshots of all the goings on, with happy kids, views of the spectacular farm, harvests and shows, good living and great effort. You can also read the newspaper clippings about their two farms – this one, and the Trafford’s newer acquisition near Malgas, which produces the grapes for their other range, called Sjinn. The ranges are very different, yet similar in that they both show real character, and are expected to age well.
Blueprint Syrah 2014
Sijnn White 2015
Open Sat 10h00 -13h00 or by appointment
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De Trafford Winery Winetasting, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa, -34.01239, 18.899419999999964