Biodynamic Farming After ten years of searching, theye believe to have found a unique vineyard site, capable of producing truly fine wines with a real sense of place. It is therefore their aim to grow grapes, which are as healthy, balanced and characterful as their natural circumstances will allow. They believe that this can only be achieved by cultivating on a farm that is truly alive and in tune with its natural environment- from the rocky soil in which the vines grow, right the way through the surrounding eco-system.
Good value for money In 1994 Paul Boutinot came to the Western Cape to seek out and rescue grapes from old, balanced and under-appreciated vineyards. He wanted to produce affordable quality wines. They are indeed very tasty and very good considering the price you pay, especially the white wines.
The winemaker is female Nadia Bernards is Waterkloof Wines' super talented winemaker. Not very common in winemaker land.
False Bay's Wine history in short
Named after South Africa’s most iconic bay, which frames much of the country’s premium winelands, False Bay Vineyards was borne out of a desire to make ‘real’ wine affordable.
Back in 1994, long before founding Waterkloof – his biodynamic vineyard overlooking False Bay- Paul Boutinot came to the Western Cape to seek out and rescue grapes from old, balanced and under-appreciated vineyards. These treasures were otherwise destined to be lost in the large co-operative blends that were dominating South Africa’s wine industry back then.
Unusually for that time, Paul transformed those Cape gems into wines with a minimum of intervention: Wild yeast ferments, no acid additions…you know the drill. A familiar story to many ‘real wine’ lovers now, but back then he was swimming against the tide. Even today, making wine this way at the price-level is almost unheard of.
Today the ingredients remain the same for Waterkloof’s Cellar Master Nadia Barnard: Fantastic coastal fruit, old vines and wild yeast abound, with additions avoided.