The Terroir

The Breedekloof Wine Valley has a mediterranean climate with ± 980mm rainfall per year. Winters are cold with snow until late in spring. Temperatures during spring are low resulting in slower ripening. Harvest usually starts 2-3 weeks later than other wine areas. Significant temperature variation with warm days ensures good sugar development while the drop in temperature at night preserves the balance of natural acids in the grapes. The soil is defined by a major geological fault, the Worcester Fault, which runs through the valley. Hills are composed of weathered sandstone and the valley floor is sedimented by a diversity of soil parent materials.

Over the years the Breedekloof Wine Valley has established itself as an area for slow ripening vines. Key to this is the late bud break and long hanging time on the vines. The geography, climate, mountains, rivers and varied geology all contribute to a unique winemaking potential, essentially establishing the area as perfect for producing Chenin Blanc.

By using innovative winemaking methods and expressing terroirs, as well as old vineyards, the Breedekloof Makers highlight individuality by showcasing their collective quality.