Wine Gems – Strandveld & Raar

Strandveld


Nestled between Elim and Cape Agulhas, just 9km from the sea, lies the secluded Strandveld Vineyards, named after the belt of land along Africa’s southernmost coastline. This region, marked by severe winds, mist, and low temperatures, shapes the unique terroir of the winery. Inspired by early explorers like Bartholomeu Diaz, a group of wine enthusiasts sought out vineyard sites in 2001 despite the harsh conditions. They discovered a rundown farm near Cape Agulhas and began their adventure of planting and nurturing vineyards.


Strandveld Vineyards, Africa’s southernmost winery, thrives in the tempestuous climate, producing cool climate wines shaped by constant Atlantic winds and rocky mineral soils. The spirit of exploration and pioneering voyages of Portuguese sailors lives on in their journey. Despite challenges, including fierce winds and cool temperatures, these conditions are the foundation for growing grapes that yield distinctive wines. Today, with 80 hectares of vineyards, Strandveld focuses on Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, and Pinot Noir, with smaller plantings of other varietals for blending, all crafted in their modern on-site cellar.


Consistently one of the best Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah producers we are happy to offer their wines on Wine Concepts Online!

Click here to order Sauvignon Blanc, R1 092 per case
Click here to order Adamastor White, R1 248 per case
Click here to order Syrah, R1 404 per case
Click here to order The Navigator, R1 482 per case


Raar
 

Established in 1941, Riebeek Valley Wine Co embodies the essence of W.O. Swartland. With a deep-rooted passion for the region and its people, they collaborate closely with the community to craft expressive wines. While proud of their own wine ranges, they also excel as a leading Boutique Wine Services Company, offering a diverse array of products and services to the global wine industry. Their commitment to quality, sustainability, and preserving Swartland’s heritage is evident in their exclusive focus on Wine of Origin Swartland, continuous improvement in production, and fostering sustainable partnerships. Riebeek Valley Wine Co stands poised to drive growth in the wine sector, catering to clients’ individual needs with top-tier offerings.


In a significant evolution, Riebeek Valley Wine Co invested heavily in the cutting-edge ‘Riebeek Boutique Cellar’, where Raar Wines are made. This facility enables the vinification of smaller vineyard parcels, producing hand-crafted wines while benefiting the broader Swartland winemaking community. The cellar serves as a hub for innovation, facilitating experiments like wild ferments and unique techniques such as extended skin-contact Chenin Blanc and carbonic macerated Shiraz.


We instantly fell in love with the Raar Wines. Some of our favourites are now available on Wine Concepts Online!


Click here to order Skin Contact Chenin Blanc, R816 per case
Click here to order Grenache Blanc, R816 per case
Click here to order Grenache Noir, R816 per case
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