Nestled at the foothills of the Stellenbosch Mountain is where you’ll find Vriesenhof Vineyards, home to a range of superb wines suited to any occasion. Consumers can look forward to a ‘refreshed look’ range which reflects an exciting new chapter in the already deeply rooted Vriesenhof story.
From August 2017, all Vriesenhof wines will be bottled under one label. Throughout the years the brand has built up a strong reputation and following, offering consumers a range of wines that promises excellence and a discernible regional expression. Aiming to provide true enjoyment of one of nature’s finest offerings.
The new look range comprises seven wines, which includes an unwooded Chardonnay, barrel fermented Chardonnay, Pinotage, Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre blend, Pinot Noir, a Bordeaux style red blend – Kallista - and a Grenache, which made from grapes from the Piekenierskloof.
This history of the Coetzee family dates back to 1679 when the first Coetzee arrived in Table Bay. The family acquired their first land in Stellenbosch in 1682 (today known as Coetzenburg) with some more land acquired later in the Jonkershoek Valley. They left Stellenbosch to explore the rugged West Coast at the end of the 1680’s. Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee returned to Stellenbosch in 1963 to pursue his studies in viticulture at the Stellenbosch University.
A very important element of wine is the historical agricultural background. If the grapes feel at home in the land, they can tell the story that the land has written with a clear voice. In the 16th century Olivier des Sevres said, “Terroir is an alliance of soil and a complex network of plants and light.”
This was Jan’s belief when he bought Vriesenhof in December 1980. The farm is situated at the foothills of the Stellenbosch Mountain, where the ever-changing climatic effect of the Atlantic Ocean is evident throughout the year.
Jan’s first wine was produced under the majestic oak trees in 1981. When he arrived on Vriesenhof, it was planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut and Pinotage. In 1983, Jan started planting Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. His innovation continued in the mid-1990’s when he added Pinot Noir and in 2009 when he planted Grenache vineyards.
Since 2006, the majority of the farm has been replanted, except for a small vineyard of old bush vine Pinotage at the top of the hill, as you enter the estate. These vineyards represent the wines of the new generation, who follow the philosophy that, “The winemaker is a humble servant of nature. His role is to give nature the opportunity to produce the best possible wine. “
The Vriesenhof range represents excellence through diversity. Each wine is crafted to a specific style by winemaker, Nicky Claasens, to ensure appeal to the broadest spectrum of wine lovers. Tastes may come and go, but a wine of true quality will always be in fashion.
Wine is not only the memory of terroir, but also the expression of place. However it changes from vintage to vintage – an ever evolving memory adding not only to the history of place, but also to the relationship between nature and man. Every vintage is a true reflection of the triumphs and struggles of each growing season, but also the excitement of what that vintage can bring.
For more information on this superb range visit www.vriesenhof.co.za.