Ladismith was formally founded in 1851, when a large portion of the farm Elandsvallei was purchased, subdivided and developed. It was named after Lady Juana Smith, the Spanish born wife of the then Governor of the Cape, Sir Harry Smith. It was later renamed Ladismith in 1879 to avoid confusion with Ladysmith town already established in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.
The Ladismith Distillery is today an entirely modern winery and brandy distillery, producing millions of litres of wine and brandy each year. The majority of the distillation is done in column stills, and used for bulk sales and export, but once a year a small pot-still is fired up to distill just enough of the highest quality base wine that will one day mature and become the finest Ladismith 8 Year Old Cape Brandy.
On the nose the ladismith displays dried fruits, apricot and citrus. In the mouth, a symphony of tropical fruit abounds with full flavored banana and litchi followed by more subtle floral notes and a hint of red berry. The swallow is soft, complex and well balanced, with a lovely lingering dried fruit finish.