Altydgedacht Wine Estate
Altydgedacht is one of the historic farms established on the fertile slopes of the Tygerberg, in Durbanville. This estate is a family farm where long standing traditions and modern methods blend to create wines of quality and character.
When I lived in Durbanville, a few years ago, I used to drive passed this wine farm on almost a daily basis but I never stopped in for a wine tasting. Pity that I didn’t because this farm has some incredible wines and it was basically located “right in my backyard”.
Drew (cousin), J+C, Richard (brother)
Since it was Drew’s last day in South Africa, we decided to take him to this estate for a tasting before heading out to lunch. My brother, Richard, met us at the estate to join us for the tasting. It was a beautiful day, and knowing that our time together would end soon, we wanted to make the most of the moments that we had left. How often do you visit a country where there are tons of wine farms in a 5 to 10 minute radius of where you live?!
Today 130 tons of grapes are picked annually here with only a selected portion being used to make wine on the estate. Altydgedacht is situated only 15km away from the Atlantic ocean and falls into one of the coolest wine-growing regions of South Africa. The prevailing winds blow from the sea ensuring a moderate climate, while the late summer mists contribute a cooling effect. This cooling effect means that the ripening period of the grape is lengthened and has the excellent potential for quality wine. Oak is used with care to complement the fruit flavours to produce subtle, complex and distinctive wines.
The white cultivars produced are Chradonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Hanepoot, Sauvignon Blanc, Weisser Riesling, S.S. Riesling and Viognier. The red cultivars are Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Merlot, Shiraz and Pinotage. Viognier and Cabernet Franc are the most recent cultivars to be introduced.
We were welcomed into the tasting room by a very friendly lady. If our memories serve us correctly, her name is Marizaane. My American husband remembered it being something that sounded like “marzipan”. Ha! Thank you hun, that helped! Isn’t it funny how a name sounds completely normal to me, but he can barely pronounce it. We have to love our differences!
Alright, back to the tasting…
Marizaane was extremely welcoming, helpful, and informative. We tried numerous wines, and picked her brain on all that we wanted to know about grapes, wine, and the surrounding vineyards. Drew bought a bottle of sweet dessert wine to take back to America, and hopefully he has since been enjoying it. After entertaining us for over an hour, Marizaane refused to let us pay, and we left feeling very grateful for this experience at Altydgedacht. It really was a wonderfully welcoming surprise to be treated the way that we were.
Thank you Marizaane at Altydgedacht!
A little cray-cray after trying 10 wines!
I can’t deny the truth ~ we like to go wine tasting in the morning in South Africa. In fact, we like to go wine tasting at any time of the day, and on any day of the week. It really is wonderful that you can go to almost any wine farm, pay R15-20 (which equates to about $1 – $2), try amazing wines, ask questions, have a tour of the grounds, and even enjoy lunch there afterwards if you like.
South Africa is amazing!
We all jumped into the car, and my brother onto his bike, and drove just down the road to enjoy some lunch (or maybe it was more of a brunch) at a local restaurant nearby.
The rest of the family met us there a bit later.
Little Charles is a cutie, isn’t he!?
We miss him, Maxine, and Drew.
I have been to this wine farm once before, but not to for a tasting. I went to the function area called Pampoenkraal for a weding in 2006. Pampoenkraal ~ Another word my husband trails off mumbling quietly when he tries to pronounce in his American accent. It’s cute – I love it when he does that!
Rudi and Bronwyn, January 7th, 2006
Pampoenkraal is snuggly tucked away underneath the ancient oak trees of the Altydgedacht Wine Estate in the wine valley of Durbanville. I attended a wedding there years ago, when my friends Rudi and Bronwyn got married. This was a truly outdoor African experience, with an open air lapa for dining, and all cooking done on open fires, creating a truly rustic African atmosphere.
Go visit Altydgedacht for a wine tasting, and then enjoy lunch under the trees.
You won’t regret it!!!