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.
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.
In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth was an elaborate structure constructed for King Minos of Crete and designed by the legendary artificer Daedalus to hold the Minotaur, a creature that was half man and half bull and which was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. Daedalus had made the labyrinth so cunningly that he himself could barely escape.
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.