Joostenberg Wine Estate

Joostenberg has a long history. The farm was established by a Swedish settler in the late 1600’s. The oldest homestead on the farm, a classic “Cape Dutch” manor house, dates back to 1756 and has been declared a national monument. Originally, mixed agriculture was practised on the farm, and from the early 1800’s until 1947 both wine and brandy were made.

Joostenberg was purchased by the Myburgh family in 1879, and ownership has remained with the family ever since. In 1947 winemaking ceased, and for the following 52 years grapes were sold to the local co-op.

In 1999, brothers Tyrrel and Philip Myburgh, the 5th generation of Myburghs to farm this land, resumed the winemaking tradition. Today Joostenberg is a small, family owned and managed wine farm producing an exclusive range of wine. Of special importance are our Chenin Blanc and Syrah (Shiraz) grape varietals. We place special emphasis on individuality, natural winemaking and environmental accountability through organic farming — full organic status was achieved in 2012.

The Certified Heritage Vineyards at Joosteberg are two Chenin blanc vineyards planted in 1982 and 1989. Both situated on the Joostenberg estate. In order to optimize the influence of terroir the vineyards were managed according to organic principles and were dry-farmed.

The Winemaker

Tyrrel Myburgh

 

The Viticulturist

Tyrrel Myburgh

Management practices are aimed at producing fruit that is both expressive of the area (the terroir) and of a very high quality for winemaking.

All our vineyards are farmed organically in order to minimise “outside” influences on the growth habit and hence the taste of the grapes. Similarly many of our vineyards are dry-farmed (no irrigation) in the belief that the addition of irrigation water is a major modification of the terroir. Where irrigation is used, we are very careful about avoiding the temptation to simply use irrigation as a yield enhancing tool.