When the founders of Du Toitskloof Wines dreamt of where to take the cellar back in 1962, they knew the journey was as important as the destination. Du Toitskloof Wine Cellar was established by six wine farmers as a co-operative in 1962, on an 18Ha parcel of land bought from founder member, Visser de Wet, for R6000. The cellar accepted its first grapes in February 1963.
Today the 22 member farms, together with the cellar, continue to build on the legacy of these visionaries and those who followed in their footsteps, producing exceptional wines that offer the best possible value. All the farms belong to 11 families, most of whose forebears counted among the founding members of the cellar so that there is a very strong sense of continuity and commitment. They all live in a close-knit community within a radius of 10 km from the cellar and all take a close interest in its activities.
Initially the cellar only consisted of a single steel-framed warehouse structure, which was later duplicated, doubling the cellar’s production and storage area. Additional offices and tasting rooms were built in the early 1990’s, to accommodate expanding tourism activity and administrative needs.
In the early years, the industry was highly regulated – Du Toitskloof mainly produced wines in bulk for the country’s wholesalers. Since the early 1990’s, it has increasingly concentrated on the bottled wine market. It cultivated a reputation as a progressive winery from the onset, not only in the innovative winemaking disciplines introduced at the cellar, but also in guiding members in planting those great noble cultivars ideally suited to the area’s temperate climate. This has since resulted in the brand being known countrywide for its excellent value-for-money wines.
Today it markets an extensive range of red and white table wines, in addition to fortified wines, through a sophisticated and talented network of distributors, marketers and sales personnel. Du Toitskloof Wines has been innovative in terms of winemaking, experimenting with small plantings of lesser-known cultivars and achieved considerable success with Nebbiolo which it introduced to the Breedekloof. It created its own sales and distribution infrastructure and currently exports to countries in North and South America, to mainland Europe and Scandinavia as well as into Africa and the Far East.
This full-bodied red wine holds aromas of blackcurrant, cassis and spices from ten months in wood. Sweetish and richly textured on the palate with good supple, dry tannins, ending in a long-lasting, savoury finish.
An accessible well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blend with soft and ripe tannins. The typical Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of juicy black berries, ripe red berries and mint undertones are paired well with the Shiraz’s pepper and spice to create a rich medium bodied wine.