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WELCOME TO THE

BRANDY HOMES OF SOUTH AFRICA

Brandy Homes are venues that commit to educating visitors about brandy, in addition to providing brandy tastings and sales.

Nothern Cape

Bezalel Estate

Estate grown, Crafted, and Refined. Simply the purest double-distilled, Potstill Brandy – from the heart of the Green Kalahari of South Africa – matured for a minimum of 5 years in small French Oak barrels. Nothing more, and nothing less. Intricately layered on the nose, unapologetically robust on the palate, yet seductively smooth on the swallow.

 

054 491 1325
info@bezalel.co.za
www.bezalel.co.za

 

Restaurant, Cellar Tour, Wheel Chair Friendly, Gift Shop
Monday – Friday (08:00 – 17:30) / Saturdays (08:30 – 15:00) / Sundays (Closed)
Several different Tasting Experiences on offer for Walk-in visitors and Group Bookings alike. Enjoy an informal tasting in our lush gardens or book a Private Tasting with the Winemaker from our website.
By appointment only

Western Cape

Avontuur Estate

Avontuur Estate

10 Year Old Potstill Brandy, copper still, crafted, French oak barrel matured.

 

021 855 3450
info@avontuurestate.co.za
avontuurestate.co.za

 

Restaurant, Cellar Tour, Wheel Chair Friendly, Gift Shop
8:30am till 5pm weekdays (till 4pm Sat & Sun)
Horse Stud & wine tour. Easy walk, owner/manager guided, information about fine wine & fast horses, history, wine-pairing/tasting & food platter included. Minimum booking 6 pax. POA
Between 9am and 12pm (can be flexible)

Backsberg Estate Cellars

Beyond the wine world, Backsberg Estate Cellars is well-known for its 3 award-winning potstill brandies, produced under the label of Sydney Back Brandy. Named after the farm’s second-generation owner, each of these products is a true celebration of the potstill category. Brandy distillation at Backsberg commenced in 1991, under the careful guidance of then-owner Sydney. This saw the re-introduction of a practice that had been in existence on the estate 150 years prior. In 1994, the first blend was released into the market. This blend received noticeable acknowledgement in a global context and was awarded the title of “the Best Brandy in the World” at the International Wine and Spirits Competition held in London in 1995. This initial blend is still available to the public, albeit in limited quantities. For something a little less rare but still of superior quality, Backsberg has two stupendous options, holding both a 10 and 15-year-old blend within the collection. Both have been crafted in a similar cognac-like style to the first distillation. Sydney Back Brandy is something truly special. It has heart, soul and a bit of punch, just like its namesake.

 

021 875 5141
info@backsberg.co.za
www.backsberg.co.za

 

Restaurant, Cellar Tour, Wheel Chair Friendly, Gift Shop
The tasting room is open Monday to Saturday from 09h00 to 17h00 and on Sundays from 10h00 to 16h30.
General cellar tours are provided on a daily basis by appointment. Patrons are guided through the wine cellar and additional production spaces as well as the brandy still and brandy barrel room. A worthy tour for any brandy connoisseur.
By appointment only

Bergerac

Bergerac is the distillery in the heart of the Karoo 1 Hotel Village. This distillery is dedicated to providing quality products through the French know-how. The distillery Bergerac implements quality products. It develops brandy using the cognac method.

 

023 358 2131

Blaauwklippen

A rare complex brandy with whiffs of vanilla, cloves and rich fruit flavours.

 

021 880 0133
tasting@blaauwklippen.com
www.blaauwklippen.com

 

Restaurant, Cellar Tour, Wheel Chair Friendly, Gift Shop
9am – 5pm
Cellar tour by appointment
As per booking

Boplaas Family Vineyards

Our history of distilling fine pot still brandy dates back to 1880, with the first order of casks was sent to Cape Town harbour by ox-wagon for delivery to London. After the repeal of distilling licenses in the early 1920’s, Boplaas™ copper pot still lay dormant for almost 70 years until it was fired up again in 1989. Five years later, in 1994, Boplaas released the very first estate brandy: the Boplaas 5-Year-Old Pot Still Estate Brandy. Early 1994 on a flight from George to Johannesburg, oupa Danie Nel landed on a seat next to Nelson Mandela. Danie Nel was a friendly and highly sociable person and they instantly became friends and maintained contact afterwards. Later that year Nelson Mandela phoned Danie and ordered some of the Boplaas 5-Year-Old Pot still Brandy to be served at the presidential inauguration banquet. The fertile alluvial soil and climatic conditions allow Colombard to thrive in the Calitzdorp, ideal for the crafting of the finest rabat (distilling wine), which is high in natural acidity and with delicate aromatics. Our rabat is then double distilled in an old copper pot still and allowed to slowly mature in Limousin oak casks, prior to blending and bottling unrefined, unfiltered and by hand. Due to dry warm summers, cold winters and generally low humidity, the environment is ideal for the maturation of brandy, resulting in a far more concentrated spirit and final blend. Brandy production at Boplaas is truly a craft undertaking with only a few barrels bottled annually. The latest addition to our distilled product range is the Boplaas Whiskey, a blended cask aged grain whiskey to be enjoyed on the rocks or with a mixer.

 

044 213 3326
boplaas@mweb.co.za
ww.boplaas.co.za

 

Restaurant, Gift Shop
Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 17:00; Saturday: 9:00 – 16:00; Sunday 10:00 – 15:00; Public holidays: 9:00 – 17:00 Closed: Good Friday & Christmas Day

Grundheim Wines

Old world, open fire, properly the oldest working still in South Africa.
 
044 272 6927
brandy@grundheim.co.za
www.grundheim.co.za
 
Restaurant, Cellar Tour, Wheel chair friendly, Gift Shop
Mon-Fri 09h00-17h00 and Sat 09h00-13h00, Closed on Sundays
Distillation tour with brandy and gin.
Please make an appointment for the tour

Kaapzicht

15-year-old Cape Brandy
 
021 906 1620
info@kaapzicht.co.za
www.kaapzicht.co.za
 
Please make an appointment for the tour.

Kingna

The road less travelled often reveals the most rewarding experiences. Our potstill brandy is handcrafted from the finest Chenin Blanc and Colombar grapes grown in Montagu. You are most welcome to pay us a visit and experience our warm Montagu hospitality. We offer a brandy & chocolate tasting with a cellar tour. Here we will reveal the secrets of making a superior potstill brandy. Kingna Distillery is situated in Montagu and is surrounded by the majestic Langeberg Mountains and farmland scenery with the tranquility that only Montagu can offer.

 

076 9357561
info@kingna.co.za
www.kingna.co.za

KWV

Founded in 1918 and today is a global player in the world of wine, with KWV a respected company that leads through innovation and quality. With its many award-winning wines, spirits and liqueurs, KWV honours its original objective of showcasing the quality of South Africa’s wine products to the world. Procuring the best wines for spirits, gin and liqueur production, our excellent distilling facilities and processes also underpins the frequent awards and recognition that KWV receives for these product categories.

 

Emporium
27 21 807 3007/8
houseoffire@kwv.co.za
https://www.kwv.co.za/
 
Cellar Tour, Wheel Chair Friendly, Gift Shop
 
Cost R 120 pp maximum nr of 14 per group
Mon – Fri 11h30 and 14h30

Laborie

+27 (0)21 807 3007/8
wineemporium@kwv.co.za
kwvwineemporium.co.za 

Louisenhof

The unique Louiesenhof Brandy was distilled in our antique 131-litre German kettle. The 30% Brandy component was blended with great skill to perfection with 70% wine spirits by Jos Le Roux, master distiller and one of South Africa`s Brandy legends. The final product is elegant and smooth, with a character true to tradition.

 

021 865 2632 
info@louiesenhof.co.za
www.louiesenhof.co.za

Mons Ruber

How about coming and tasting wine at a farm that has been producing wine since the mid-19th century? Well, the Mons Ruber Winery on the way to Oudtshoorn has been doing just that. Not only will you find Port, Cabernet and sweet wine, but you can enjoy potstill brandy. The estate has a very long history of distillation. The brandy is distilled using traditional methods – i.e. over an open outdoor fire, which dates back to 1936. If you’re lucky enough to visit during the distilling period you might get to observe the process. You’ll enjoy your tasting in a building erected in 1854 that has also been a tollhouse and a hotel! Enjoy a glass of brandy while marvelling over the Oregon pine and Yellowwood ceilings.
 
(0)44 251-6550
 
Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00.
Prices on request.

Oude Molen Distillers

Oude Molen deluxe Cape Brandy was first distilled in 1910. Our founder, Rene Santhagens, was the driving force behind the establishment of the strict regulations that underpin the production of Cape Brandy to this day.
 
021 859 2517
info@oudemolen.co.za
www.oudemolen.co.za
 
Cellar Tour
Our deluxe Cape Brandy Experience includes a tutored tasting and bespoke chocolate pairing, with a distillery tour.
Tastings: Mondays – Fridays 10:00 – 16:00. Cape Brandy Experiences by Appointment.

Oude Wellington Estate

Oude Molen deluxe Cape Brandy was first distilled in 1910. Our founder, Rene Santhagens, was the driving force behind the establishment of the strict regulations that underpin the production of Cape Brandy to this day.
 
021 859 2517
info@oudemolen.co.za
www.oudemolen.co.za
 
Cellar Tour
Our deluxe Cape Brandy Experience includes a tutored tasting and bespoke chocolate pairing, with a distillery tour.
Tastings: Mondays – Fridays 10:00 – 16:00. Cape Brandy Experiences by Appointment.

Tokara

Slow maturation in French oak barrels has enhanced the distinctive characteristics of the TOKARA Ten Year Old Potstill Brandy. The aromas abound with and subtle complex notes of fresh vanilla, dried fig, peach and raisin fruits. The floral potpourri aromas and rich jasmine and orange blossom notes add to the complexity of this brandy. The palate delivers mellow rounded flavours of caramel, dried apricots and a spicy pepper and saffron finish. This spirit is one of distinctive character with a fine length and depth of aftertaste.
 
021 808 5900
fransie@tokara.com
www.tokara.com

Upland

Tucked away in a corner, at the end of a dirt road leading out of Wellington in the Boland, you will find the rustic, unassuming organic estate, Upland. You could be forgiven for thinking you were in Tuscany, as apart from the Hawekwa mountain range, which cradles the estate, there is a similar wonderfully rustic and timeless feel to this part of the world. Upland – the name comes from the English for Boland – is a small QCS certified fruit and wine farm that has been producing world-class organic Brandy, Grappa, Port and Cabernet Sauvignon for over a decade. Upland’s organic Grappa won the ‘World’s Best Grappa’ at the Guldkorken International Competition in Stockholm and its list of international and local awards is impressive.
 
082 731 4774
info@organicwine.co.za
www.organicwine.co.za
 
Cellar Tour
By appointment only
Descriptive tour outlining organic farming and distilling.
By appointment

Van Ryns

10 year Old Vintage Brandy: The beautifully integrated oak character results in a complex and lingering aftertaste with a voluptuous velvety texture 12 year Old Potstill Brandy: has won a trophy for the ‘Worldwide best Brandy’ six times to date. Its warm golden hues announce a generous nose of fruit and vanilla. A soft velvety palate of dried fruit and coffee ends on a lingering note 15-year-Old Fine Cask Reserve: Another regular international medalist, it shows the intensity of fruit characters with a twist of citrus and a delectable trace of chocolate. Rich in colour and flavour, its honeyed- citrus aromas unfurl to reveal a full palate laced with sweet oak spices. A creamy texture ends in a lingering but satisfying clean finish 20 Year Old Collectors Reserve: twice awarded the trophy for ‘ Worldwide Best Brandy’ at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. It’s opulent, with lively fragrances of dried pear, port, prune and spice. These open onto an intense, but soft palate with hints of nuts and spice
 
021 881 3875
info@vanryns.co.za
www.vanryns.co.za
 
Cellar Tour, Wheel Chair Friendly
1 October – 30 April Monday- Friday: 09h00 – 18h00 Saturday : 09h00- 16h00 Sunday: 11h00- 16h00 Sunday: closed
Our Distillery tour includes a walk through our working brandy distillery, a demonstration of age old art coopering and a whiff of Angel’s Share in the Van Ryn’s maturation cellar. Your tour will then be concluded with one of our tasting options Tastings: Cape Smoke Tasting Brandy and Chocolate Tasting Decadent Delight Tasting Alcohol Free Tasting
“1 October – 30 April Monday- Friday: 09h00- 17h30 Saturday: 09h00- 15h30 Sunday : closed “
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