Things To Do in StellenboschDe Morgenzon Wine Estate
Where? Stellenboschkloof, Vlottenburg, Stellenbosch, Western Cape.
When? Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00
Saturday to Sunday from 10h00 to 14h00.
How? Call +27 (0)21 881-3030
How much? Price on request
De Morgenzon means 'the morning sun,' and got its name from bring the first portion of the Stellenboschkloof valley to see the sun. De Morgenzon once formed part of Uiterwyk which was one of the oldest farms in the country. Uiterwyk was let to Dirk Cauchet in 1682 and granted to him by the Governor in 1699.
The estate lies across Ribbokkop overlooking Kanonkop where cannons fired alerts to ships coming into Table Bay. The 1700’s saw the first vines being planted. Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum, who once lived in Joburg, bought the farm in 2003. It is said that Baroque music is played to the vines in the vineyard. If you’ve tasted the wines, you would imagine that the music has a positive effect on the vines.
The estate produces eight wines, two which are made from estate grapes bottled under the De Morgenzon label and the rest from grapes bought in from various sites under the DMZ label. The De Morgenzon wines are the Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Under the DMZ range there’s a Rose made from Shiraz grapes, a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, a Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and a Rhone style blend called the Concerto. Heavy weights in the wine making industry were responsible for the first vintages. The Chenin Blanc was made by Teddy Hall, the red wines by Adi Badenhorst and the Sauvignon Blanc by employee, Stefan Gerber.