Normandie Est. 1693 is one of the original twenty nine French Huguenot farms in the Franschhoek region of the Cape Winelands. Their location on the slopes of the Groot Drakenstein Mountain peak is twenty-eight kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean, set in a unique microclimate of hot days and cool nights.
With world renowned fashion designer Mark Eisen as proprietor it is no wonder that their bottles resemble art and winemaker Johan Viljoen follows through with the wine inside. These wines are featured on wine lists of some of the world’s finest restaurants including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London.
The journey for Clarington started more than a decade ago at Normandie Est. 1693. Now based in Stellenbosch, the approach remains very much hands-on. The finest grapes are carefully sourced from the best terroirs in the region by celebrated winemaker and viticulturist Johan Viljoen, allowing him to honour his minimum-interference wine-making approach.
Bottles are carefully coated 5 times in special organic ink, bringing to life the exquisite globally-patented Mark Eisen design that allows for upcycling of the product, allowing for the team’s ambition of truly sustainable packaging.
The range continues to receive numerous local and global wine and design awards.