The new age of the Swartland commenced in 1997 when Charles Back stumbled across an old Tobacco farm, Klein Amoskuil. Bewildered by the quality of grapes in a region better known for its wheat and rolling fynbos hills, the potential was obvious, so Charles set forth to acquire the farm and study its soils and extreme climate. Hence Spice Route Winery was born. Spice Route hand-crafted wines, have been brought from the Swartland to the Spice Route Destination in Paarl, to be enjoyed by all. Enjoy wine tasting in a rustic underground tasting room, or outside under the pergola, whilst enjoying the panoramic views of Table Mountain and the Simonsberg Mountain range.
This unique bushvine vineyard of Sauvignon Blanc was planted in 1965 and is the oldest existing block, or Mother Block, of the variety in South Africa. Farmed without irrigation, only in exceptionally mild vintages does this vineyard transcend the Swartland. The vineyards block only yield 0.94 tons per hectare. This wine is only bottled in exceptional vintages. The result is a wine with great aromatics and a certain “grain”, a true reflection of this special vineyard. From 2017 onwards, our Amos Block Perpetual Reserve Under Flor sherry-style wine also stems from this special block.