This wind-swept winery derives its name from the belt of land which spans the tempestuous tip of Africa’s southernmost coastline. At almost 35 degrees below the equator, this part of our fair Cape is characterised by severe winds, billowing mist and below average temperatures.
A unique combination of maritime climate, alternating sites and diverse soil types work together to create the terroir which distinguishes the wines of Strandveld Vineyards.
It was in 1488 that Bartholomeu Diaz and his team of Portuguese sailors first laid eyes on this corner of the continent.
Centuries later similarly intrepid explorers, in their infinite wisdom, realised the potential such a richness of environment could produce. Inspired by these individuals, it was in 2001 that a group of enthusiastic wine lovers turned to the original navigation maps to seek out potential new vineyard sites equally undeterred by the fierce storms and blustering gales that now give rise to the characteristic grapes and consequentially distinctive Strandveld Vineyards wines. Strandveld Wines:
Our range of unique Strandveld Vineyards wines are produced in limited quantities from only the finest grapes carefully selected from quality vineyards – each expressive of the terroir with which they have become synonymous.
The Navigator, our flagship red, pays homage to Prince Henry, the patron of early Portuguese exploration who instigated the first voyages in the discovery of new trade routes.
Adamastor, our flagship white, is named after the mythical sea god of wind and storms in tribute to the tempestuous conditions which our vines have had to constantly endure.
• Strandveld Pofadderbos Sauvignon Blanc 2017: R130.00
• Strandveld Adamastor 2015: R160.00
• Strandveld Pinot Noir 2013: R165.00
• Strandveld Syrah 2014: R170.00
• Strandveld The Navigator 2014: R185.00
• Strandveld Anders Sparrman Pinot Noir 2014: R350.00
• Strandveld Skaamgesiggie Pinot Noir Brut 2015: R170.00
• Strandveld Suikerbekkie Nlh 2012: R175.00
First Sighting Wines:
In overcoming their fear of sea monsters and the boiling waters at the equator, Bartholomeu Diaz and then Vasco da Gama navigated their way to South- East Asia and China to bring back spices more valuable than gold and in doing so changed the course of history.
The great vision and sense of adventure of these early explorers in discovering a sea route to the strange and spice-rich East is celebrated by the First Sighting Range.
Delightfully drinkable and the perfect accompaniment to everyday food the First Sighting range remains true to its coastal origins. Slow ripening periods which yield generous flavours and carefully made decisions in the vineyard lead to the creation of versatile wines which can be enjoyed at every occasion.
• First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2017: R80.00
• First Sighting Rosé 2018: R65.00
• First Sighting Pinot Noir 2014: R115.00
• First Sighting Shiraz 2016: R88.00
Strandveld Vineyard Cottages:
Escape from city life and into a state of pure relaxation at the Strandveld Vineyard Cottages. Revel in the wide open spaces, in the natural beauty and the tranquillity of this unspoilt slice of heaven. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the vineyards, take time to stop and smell the fynbos and bask on the unspoilt beaches of the Cape Agulhas region. Bring your mountain bikes to explore along marked routes, trail run or trek and pack for a picnic at the dam.
Strandveld Vineyards offers two beautifully restored old colonial style self-catering cottages. Each cottage sleeps two persons, both cottages are quaintly decorated and among the charming features each is equipped with a fireplace, the perfect place to enjoy a glass of fine Strandveld Vineyards wines on those billowy evenings.
The North Cottage houses a double bed whilst the South Cottage contains two single beds.
Extra mattresses may be requested for children.
Tucked away off the beaten track Strandveld is situated between Bredasdorp, Elim and Cape Agulhas. The nearest amenities are situated in Bredasdorp 34km away or Struisbaai 35 km away. Black Oystercatcher, 5 km away has a restaurant which is open for lunch.
Both Units Feature:
An indoor fireplace/ braai, firelighters and three crates of firewood
A fridge/ freezer, 2 plate stove, microwave, toaster, kettle, crockery, glassware and cutlery
Bedding, soap and towels
Stunning views of the magnificent gardens and the hills beyond
* Pets can unfortunately not be catered for and there is no smoking allowed in the cottages
Things To Do In The Area:
The Strandveld is a great place for bird watching and to try and spot as many of the over 200 species recorded in the Agulhas Plain. Horse riding, hiking, deep sea fishing, shark cage diving and whale watching are all additional activities that can be enjoyed in the surrounding area alongside visiting the southernmost tip of Africa or brushing up on your history at the local museums when you aren’t too busy wine tasting. Please contact us or the Agulhas Tourism office for more information on any of these activities.
There is a unique conservation model in the area, the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management area, which is home to a number of game species. At certain times of the year they offer guided tours of the area.
The warm welcome and exceptional wines make driving the distance to Strandveld Vineyards well worthwhile. Our full range of wines is available for tasting in the comfort of our rustic tasting room, created by renovating the farm’s old stable block. Weather permitting enjoy your tasting outside on the veranda overlooking the beautiful gardens and breathtaking landscape.
We look forward to meeting you…
Our tasting room hours are as follows:
Mondays – Thursdays from 08:00 – 17:00
Fridays from 08:00 – 16:00
Saturdays from 10:00 – 15:00
* Closed Sundays, Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
* Tour groups are accommodated by prior arrangement. All our wines are available for purchase from the Tasting Room.