DURBANVILLE - SOUTH AFRICA
On February 9 in 1702, the Maastricht farm was awarded to Hendrick Seeger, a Dutch settler who arrived in South Africa with the Dutch East India Shipping Company. The farm gets its name from the first settlers who were looking for fertile land. Looking at the farm's clay soils, they were reminded of the soil of their hometown - Maastricht - hence the name. In a document from the early 19th century, it appears that Maastricht is one of the first nine wine producers to be registered. At the time, a minimum of 10,000 vines was required to be classified as a wine estate. In 1982 Wheaty Louw, then 22 years old, and his brother Tienie Louw bought the wine farm. From 1985, Wheaty started farming alone, buying land on the other side of Durbanville. Here are some of his best Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted. He lives and works on the estate with his wife Annelize and their three children Lizel, Thys and Beyers.
Today the domain consists of about 100 hectares of vineyards including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage and Merlot. In 2010 and after many years of producing high quality grapes for other estates, the Louw family decided, in collaboration with the Louw family in Diemersdal, to create their own wine label. Maastricht's vineyards have developed an incredible root system that finds even the smallest amount of moisture in the soil. Dryland vineyards produce a unique flavor profile, terroir driven and expressive. Because the vines are not watered, they have smaller crops. Because they are not dependent on water from the irrigation system, they perform better during the hot summer month. This ensures an even ripening of the grape, which gives the wine complexity and length. The vineyards are managed by the winery itself so they can influence each step themselves. The clay-rich soils around the Tygerberg act like a sponge and collect water during the cold and wet winters in Cape Town. Maastricht is located close to the Atlantic Ocean. The cooling wind from the ocean creates a balanced microclimate, perfect for the winegrowing of Maastricht wines.
No, not the Maastricht in the Netherlands, but a lovely wine estate in Cape Town instead! Variety is king here! Explore the beautiful city, visit the beaches and Cape of Good Hope, eat of good and enjoy good South African wine! You could for example include a wine tasting at Maastricht as part of a guided City Tour, followed by a lunch or sundowners on Camps Bay Boulevard, we just love the amazing views over the Atlantic Ocean over there! Stellenbosch with its many wineries is only half an hour away, close enough for a day trip!