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Some people build replicas of the Eiffel Tower or Big Ben. In Robertson, proprietor Danie de Wet has built a replica of Koopman DeWets Huis, the late 18th century townhouse designed by French architect Louis Thibault. Danie de Wet also based the façade of his cellar on the historic First Customs House in Cape Town, designed by the same architect.
This love of all things classical is clear in the tasting room with its high yellowwood ceilings, imposing teak staircase, and period furniture. The sheer scale and elegance of the building is impressive, and you have to admire the gracious giant windows with their small window panes. Tasting takes place around big tables that are covered in a red brocade. Everything about the experience suggests a reverence and commitment to the finer things in life, especially wine.
Danie De Wet pioneered the introduction of chardonnay to South Africa, and it is for this variety that the estate is best known. There are 5 different chardonnays to choose from, ranging from the unwooded Bon Vallon Chardonnay to the ultra premium barrel selected Barteleur. But if Chardonnay isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other wines including a Riesling and Pinot Noir.
Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2015
Mon - Fri 08h30 - 17h00
Sat 09h30 - 13h00
Cellar tours by appointment only
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De Wetshof Estate, R317, Robertson, Western Cape, South Africa, -33.87718, 20.009779999999978