Things To Do in StellenboschOvergaauw Wine Estate
Where? Stellenboschkloof Road, Vlottenburg, Western Cape
When? Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00
Saturday and General Public Holidays from 10h00 to 12h30.
How? Call +27 (0)21 881-3815
How much? Price on request
Overgaauw wine estate was formed part of a larger piece of land owned by Abraham van Velden’s ancestors since 1783. When his grandfather arrived from Holland and was married to Elizabeth Overgaauw and Abraham renamed it Overgaauw.
The cellar was first built by him in 1909 where bulk wine was produced. Once his son David took over, he began planting five different port varietals of Tinta Barocca, Tinta Francisca, Cornifesto, Souzão and Tinta Roriz in 1949.
He used a traditional Portuguese method of harvesting and crushing grapes together which was a first at the time in South Africa. Once he had learnt French classical winemaking techniques, together with Frans Malan of Simonsig, they pioneered the use of oak barrels for aging red wine.
Once David’s son Braam took over, he increased the planting of red varietals from 10% to 60%. He introduced a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cinsaut. Years later he created more of a Bordeaux blend, by replacing the Cinsaut with cabernet Franc. David and his wife, Nicole Groenewald now live in Overgaauw’s Shephard’s Cottage and run the farm together with family. You’ll find David’s sister at the Cellar Door, his brother in sales and second sister and her husband managing the farm.