Things To Do in KlapmutsWelgemeend Wine Estate
Where? Plot no. 21, Farm no. 770, Old Paarl Road, Klapmuts, Cape Winelands, Western Cape
When? Monday to Friday from 10h00 to 16h00.
Saturday & Public Holidays from 10h00 to 14h00.
Wednesday to Sunday from 09h00 to 18h00.
How? Call +27 (0)21 875-5210
How much? Price on request
The Welgemeend farm is positioned in what was once a very monumental place. It was named Soopjeshoogtes formed the highest point on the original road between Cape Town and Paarl (prior to the N1). Travellers setting out on a 24 hour journey from Paarl would stop there for a tipple (soopje).
This was the very first farm to produce a Bordeaux blend in South Africa and Billy Hofmeyer was the owner who purchased the farm in 1974 with that intention. This demanded that he replace the Cinsaut, Steen and Hanepoot wines with traditional grapes from French wine regions such as Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. What was thought to be Petit Verdot was in fact something else and this area was planted to Shiraz, Grenache and Pinotage instead. And 1979 saw the production of the farm’s first two wines, Welgemeend and Amadé. And Soopjeshoogte was produced in 1992.
Welgemeend vines produce low yields, allowing the grapes to ripen at a low sugar level and a fine balance between the fruit and wine to be achieved with fairly low alcohols between 12.5- 14% vol. Visit the farm for a wine or beer tasting, picnicking, accommodation or conferences.