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Buitenverwachting Buitenverwachting

Meaning “Beyond Expectation” and dating back to 1773, this beautiful winery certainly lives up to its name. Located on the eastern slopes of the breathtaking Constantiaberg Mountains, a mere 12 km from False Bay, the estate was originally part of the Constantia Estate founded by the Cape’s first Governor, Simon van der Stel.

Today the estate utilizes environmentally-friendly farming to help preserve the natural environment as well as providing a holistic approach to the worker and pollution. It’s decomposing granite soils and cooling sea breezes from the Atlantic Ocean help to create unique, flavoursome wines that have become a firm favourite around the world. The John Platter guide rates the Buitenverwachting wines as “probably the classiest small range of wines available in South Africa”, and its winemaker Hermann Kirschbaum is certainly the driving force behind its unique brand and success.

First sold to Cornelis Brink in 1773, Buitenverwachting changed hands too often and had no less than 16 owners. And yet despite this, it flourished mainly due to the 90,000 vines that were planted in 1825 by Ryk Arnoldus Cloete, brother of the prominent Hendrik Cloete of Constantia.

From 1866, Buitenverwachting’s fortunes were inextricably linked to those of the Lategan and Louw families. One of the most eccentric characters of that time was oom Danie Lategan whose particular quirk was the Camilla Rose he picked for his button-hole each morning. It was his daughter, Olivia Lategan, who in the end would forge the ties between the Lategan and the Louw families. Born at Buitenverwachting, she returned as the estate’s mistress after she wed George Louw.

In 1981, the Mueller family bought the farm. They lovingly restored the homestead, initiated comprehensive studies to determine the best vineyard location and began an extensive replanting program of the most popular cultivars including: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Rhine Riesling and Chardonnay.

This resulted in a maiden harvest of 100 tonnes (the first in 30 years) which was a historic achievement and exceeded all expectations. Considered a relatively small harvest in overall terms, they exercised strict control to ensure that the new vines did not overbear in their first year of production.

A new state-of-the-art cellar was built in 1984, which features a refrigerated barrel maturation area that can house 3000 small French oak barrels. Since that day, Buitenverwachting has continued to produce internationally acclaimed wines of superior quality and complexity with distinctive aromatic profiles.

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