Hout Bay Vineyards Eng
Hout Bay Vineyards
Hout Bay Vineyards is a winery with only 2 hectares that sits on the Atlantic coast just a stone’s throw away from the wine region of Constantia. Hout Bay, about 15 km south of Cape Town, has only a few tiny wineries. The Hout Bay region rises steeply from the coast and its west- and south-facing vineyards benefit from cooling winds off the ocean.
The beginning of Hout Bay Vineyards was full of challenges. Husband and wife, Peter and Cathy, planted the property’s first vines in 2003. On the eve of harvest herbicide was sprayed on the vines instead of pesticides. This mistake proved fatal. The couple lost their entire harvest of grapes and the vines suffered so badly they decided to uproot them. Several years went into planting and growing new vines and the first harvest of the property was only in January 2008. That vintage, the couple’s first own sparkling wine, was released three years later in 2011.
Hout Bay Vineyards makes quality sparkling wine, small amounts of white, rosé and red wine as well as a fortified Port-like wine. The first press of their own vineyard’s grapes is only used for the production of the Cap Classique Champagne method sparkling wine. The second press is used for rosé. The Sauvignon Blanc for the white wine is bought from contract producers in the Hout Bay valley and the Merlot and Shiraz for the red comes from Stellenbosch.