De Doornkraal's Aan't Vette Wine Estate established its vineyard in 2008. The vineyard consists of a single block Syrah (Shiraz) cultivar that has consistently produced award-winning wines. Our Wine Estate's vineyard stretches to the Vette River, bordering the town.
After establishing the Wine Estate in 2008, De Doornkraal's Aan't Vette continued to produce its first wine in 2011. Since then the Aan't Vette wines have won over numerous wine experts and wine lovers.
Made in the european rose style, the wine is light in colour and has a distinctive tropical fruits
bouquet that is replicated on the palate.
Aan't vette Wine Estate's award-winning 2011, 2012 and 2013 Syrah Divine Blush Blanc de Noir wines were crowned with bronze medals at the traditional (since 1833) South African Young Wine Show, presented annually by the South African National Wine Show Association.
The 2012 and 2013 vintages were entered for the prestigious Veritas competition and awarded bronze medals, one of only five South African Blanc de Noir wines that were able to achieve medal status.
Our Syrah high quality vintage is matured in small French oak barrels.
Our very first red wine, the Aan't Vette Louis Meurant Syrah 2012 vintage, was crowned with a Veritas bronze and won a silver medal at the South African Young Wine Show. Our 2013 Aan't Vette Louis Meurant Syrah vintage won a silver medal at the SA Young Wine Show, still to be presented to Veritas. This high quality red vintage was matured in French oak barrels.
The 2013 vintage is currently maturing in bottles, in a temperature controlled environment. It is blessed with a spicy bouquet and dark red colour, so typical of high qualitySyrah (Shiraz) wines.
A biodiversity strategy is strictly followed, by utilising environmentally friendly farming practices that enhances the suitability of the vineyard as a habitat for biodiversity. Viticulture practices that have negative impacts on biodiversity are completely avoided. No pesticides or herbicides are allowed in the proximity of the Wine Estate. Spraying of the vineyard is done manually and only organic substances are used.
The 150-year-old barn, with its almost one-metre-thick clay walls and 7-metre-high roof, was transformed into a modern winery. The old barn, now air-conditioned, also serves as a cellar where the oak barrels for the ageing of the red wine are stored.
In contrast to the old barn, the wine-producing technology is state of the art. The fermentation and storage tanks are manufactured from high-quality austenitic stainless steel and equipped with dimple cooling jackets to control the wine-making process optimally. All visible external tank surfaces are circle polished.
During the 1800's the current owner's great-grandfather and grandfather farmed in the Langstraat (Lower Long Street on Google) area of Riversdale. Their wine farm was called "De Wingerdt", which is Dutch for "The Vineyard". The De Wingerdt Restaurant at De Doornkraal Boutique Hotel is named after their wine farm.