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.
The Franschhoek wine estate, Rickety Bridge, has a winemaking history dating back to the 17th century. It was once part of the original La Provence farm granted to the first French Huguenots who settled in Oliphantshoek and renamed the area, Franschhoek. Over the years La Provence was subdivided and in 1797 the land which is now known as Rickety Bridge wine estate was granted to the widow, Paulina De Villiers.
SIGNAL HILL is one of the leading wineries of South Africa. Located in the heart of Cape Town, on the tip of the African Continent, SIGNAL HILL is the only city winery in the middle of a capital of the world.
The history of Prosecco Valdo began in 1926, when a group of enterprising winemakers from Valdobbiadene decided to join forces creating the Società Anonima Vini Superiori. A company principally devoted to sparkling wine production of Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore and Cartizze.
The Jonker family has lived on Weltevrede since 1912. The estate was founded by Klaas Jonker, whose pioneering soul led him to plant the first vines in the area. In the 1930’s Weltevrede was inherited by his son, Japie Jonker, who in 1933 began wine farming on Weltevrede. Japie expanded the winery of Weltevrede to accommodate the growing grape production.
Situated on the Stellenbosch Wine Route, Zevenwacht has viticultural roots which penetrate deep into the historic past of South Africa. While literally meaning Seven Expectations, the name Zevenwacht exemplifies the abundant delights which await visitors to the Farm. A leader in wine tourism, Zevenwacht was one of the first Wine Estates to establish a restaurant, hotel and conference facility, Cheesery and Spa on the Estate.