Longridge Wine Estate, one of the leading wine estates in South Africa, is situated in the Stellenbosch region on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain range.

The farm was first registered in 1841 and underwent a few name changes before finally being called Longridge in 1992, when commercial wine production first started.

At Longridge we strive to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Biodynamic viticultural methods are utilised to the fullest in our vineyards; we strive to produce excellent quality wines while minimalising the impact we have on the environment. On the farm, our vines, herbs and vegetables are free from artificial pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers.

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The Winemaker

Jasper Raats

Heading the team at Longridge, is Jasper Raats, who has been a winegrowing consultant since 2006. He has worked in this capacity in various regions and countries and has a passion for organic and bio-dynamic growing.

With his winemaker wife, Sally, he also started Koru Wines in New Zealand and his two single vineyard wines became very sought-after in a relatively short time and the most expensive Marlborough wines of their type, receiving incredible international acclaim.

Going further back, he founded the successful Raats Family Wines with his brother and after working at acclaimed Vérité in California also worked in Burgundy, Pouilly Fume and Sancerre, before taking charge of the then up and coming Sumaridge near Hermanus.

In 2003 Jasper extended his international career by joining the Henri Bourgeois team as viticulturist and winemaker at their pioneering project in New Zealand. Clos Henri quickly jumped to the top list of producers in Marlborough.