Ataraxia was founded in 2004. Husband and wife team, Kevin and Hanli, in partnership with a few friends, purchased 50 hectares of prime vineyard land. The landscape in which Ataraxia is situated, called The Skyfields is unique, lying as it does on the most elevated section of the Hemel-en-Aarde area. Nestled on this commanding rise beneath the soaring BabylonsToren mountain range, our vineyards are planted on some of the most spectacular terroirs South Africa has to offer. It is a place where wines of incredible finesse, balance and depth are crafted, that proudly hold their own in the international arena.
In August 2009 we began planting our first vineyards. Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvingon and Merlot. In 2010 we finished our planting with more Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot along with Cabernet Franc. We selected a small block that is our coolest site for some Pinot Noir. 2015 we harvested roughly 30 tons in total of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot!
The farm was bought in 2002 by two wine lovers with a dream. A combination of good quality grapes, much patience and a love of champagne set the stage for Domaine des Dieux to officially become the first producer of MCC in the Hemel en Aarde region. The dream had become a reality.
We believe in a diversified farm system promoting both stability and fertility. As part of this system we have integrated animals onto the farm. We have a herd of indigenous Nguni cattle, Merino sheep and a few unruly pigs.
All our animals are pasture fed, and are completely free range. They have a shepherd who looks after them during the day and at night they are kept in an enclosure to help keep them safe from leopards, caracals and foxes.
The animal manure is used in our soil health program. They are allowed to graze the vineyards in winter, and in the summer we use their manure combined with garden and winery waste to generate compost.