Hartenberg Estate is at the forefront of the new era of South African winemaking. Although established in Bottelary as long ago as 1692, it was in 1986 that the then new owners first realised its huge potential. So began a process of rapid change that has resulted in the Estate producing some of the most distinctive and sought after wines that the premium Stellenbosch wine-growing region has to offer. Under the quiet and unassuming direction of chief winemaker Carl Schultz, without question one of the most respected and skilled winemakers currently operating in South Africa, and chief viticulturist Wilhelm Joubert, the farm has accumulated many significant awards, among these being the best Merlot in the world (International Wine and Spirits Competition 2008) and third best Shiraz (Syrah du Monde 2008).The seemingly rare and refreshingly simple strategy of only releasing wines when they are actually ready for drinking is another hallmark of this exceptional farm.
Size: 170 ha
Climate: 12 Deg C (Min) 26 Deg C (Max)
Capacity 540 000 Bottles per Vintage
As a member the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative in South Africa there is a firm commitment to maximising the benefits of the unique terroir at the farm whilst ensuring that the natural wetland, which covers over 65 of the farmís 170 ha, will be maintained for generations into the future. The Hartenberg social commitment is equally valued with sponsored crèche facilities, after school care and adult literacy classes provided for the 45 permanent cellar and vineyard staff.
Last year saw the first release onto the open market of the iconic Gravel Hill Shiraz, having been the most highly priced wine at the Cape auction for many years. Shiraz is unquestionably the hallmark variety at Hartenberg as displayed in the stunning "Stork" but Merlot and Cabernet also excel within the valley. The Cabernet Shiraz, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc all offer fantastic value and quality at a more everyday drinking price.