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 Joostenberg 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.