Gabriëlskloof is the realisation of a dream for South African Bernhard Heyns, who searched for several years to find a unique piece of land that would ‘root him to the spot’. Local farmer Barry Anderson had heard about Bernhard’s mission and arranged to meet him on a windy summer’s day in 2001 at a farm called “Avontuur” on the outskirts of Botrivier. Both immediately recognised the potential of this piece of land (at the time covered with wheat and canola, and home to a few wandering sheep) and soon after, Bernhard bought what is today Gabriëlskloof.
The aim at Gabrielskloof is to produce wines that best reflect the complexity, richness and diversity of Gabriëlskloof’s unique terroir and in 2015, the Landscape Series was released (alongside the existing estate range) as an authentic representation of both our top vineyards and a few old vine treasures sourced elsewhere. The older vines in particular tend to be from weird and wonderful corners of our wine growing landscapes, emerging amidst random stories and conversations, and more often than not, making wines of great complexity and character.
*Contermanskloof vineyard featured in picture on the left.