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Simonsig Wine Estate

Simonsig Wine EstateFind out more and watch a video about Simonsig Wine Estate

Named after the breathtaking vistas that can be seen of the Simonsberg Mountain, Simonsig Wine Estate is located a mere 45 km east of Cape Town, in the famous Stellenbosch Winelands. The Malan family has been at the helm of the private family-owned winery since the French Huguenot Jacques Malan first landed in the Cape in 1688, and since then it has grown into one of South Africa’s most reputable and leading private producers of estate wines.

The late Frans Malan was one of South Africa’s pioneers in the wine industry, and amongst his groundbreaking innovations was South Africa’s first Méthode Cap Classique, the Kaapse Vonkel. First produced on the Simonsig Estate in 1971, this bottle-fermented sparkling wine is styled after French champagne.

The estate comprises of 302 hectares of which 210 hectares (518 acres) are under vines. The ancient soil types that can be found here are a mixture of sandstone, shale and decomposed granite. Supplementary irrigation is given to all vineyards. The harvest takes approximately 12 weeks from January to March, and the average production is about 8 tons per hectare. Simonsig is also one of the few wine estates that has its own labeling and bottling line.

Even though South Africa remains Simonsig’s biggest market with roughly 37% of sales, 63% of the total production is exported around the world to more than 50 countries. The estate’s main cultivars are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Pinotage.

Today Johan Malan, Simonsig’s current Cellarmaster, continues his family’s legacy and pioneering spirit with his own spectacular line of award-winning wines.

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