As a tribute to the legacy of Louis Fourie, the first winemaker and owner of the farm De Slange Rivier, Linton Park Wine Estate continuously strive for perfection with each vintage. Based on the estate’s three centuries of winemaking tradition, our winemaking team uses a combination of modern and traditional winemaking methods and techniques to deliver wines of great character, elegance and complexity.
Situated on the fertile slopes of the majestic Groenberg Mountain in the picturesque Wellington Wine Valley, the vineyards enjoy some of the highest altitudes in the Cape Winelands. With a unique micro-climate, each vineyard block is prepared and nurtured to yield the best quality grapes.
The farm De Slange Rivier (Snake River), situated in the picturesque Wellington Wine Valley, was granted to French Huguenot Louis Fourie in 1699 by the then Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Nestling in the verdant foothills, the farm takes its name from the winding stream flowing down the Groenberg Mountain and offers sweeping views across the Boland and Table Mountain in the distance. It is here that Louis established his first vineyards. An illiterate Louis signed the deed “LF” and to add to confusion of the Dutch clerks of the Companje he varied the spelling of his surname which on the deed appears as “Fleurij”. The original deed, dated 28 February 1699, has been preserved and is displayed in the farm’s manor house as a reminder of the rich heritage offered by die farm and its wines.
He farmed and made wine here until his death in1750, pioneering not only winemaking in Wellington but also as the founder of the extensive Fourie family in South Africa.
The farm was purchased by UK-based multinational Camellia Holdings in 1995 and since its first harvest in 1996 the cellar has been producing an exceptional range of award-winning wines.
Over the centuries the estate has witnessed the lives of many notable families in the history of the Cape Winelands. Dating back to 1809, the gracious single-story Cape Dutch manor house was built by the then owner, Pieter Rossouw. It displays architectural features typical of the style of Louis Michel Thibault, the French-born architect who had designed many buildings at the Cape. Restoration of the manor house started in 1995 when Camellia Holdings acquired the property. Both the exterior and the interior were restored whereafter the house was furnished with antique Cape and English pieces.
Collectables from the farm’s 300-year history are on display together with vintage musical instruments and house-hold items. In addition to the various chests, wardrobes and beds, the manor house is also home to a pianola, two miniature mechanical organs and gramophone players, all in working condition. Wine glasses dating back to the early 1600’s are still used to this day along with the original crockery from that era. Wine-making equipment used on the farm as long ago as the early 1700’s as well as South Africa’s largest collection of coal-heated clothes irons are also on display.
Our viticultural heritage spans three centuries and a number of those noble cultivars so well suited to the climatic conditions of the Western Cape are grown on the farm. The farm consists of 294 hectares of which 100 hectares are planted to vine and 160 hectares are undeveloped mountain terrain.
Located at some of the highest altitudes in the Cape Winelands, the vineyards were planted at different heights, each with their own unique micro-climate. The soil is mostly fertile Oakleaf and the vineyards are nourished by high rainfalls whilst the warm African sun ensures optimal ripening and intensity of flavour.
What was once a much neglected cellar, is today a state-of-the art facility. The restoration of the historic winemaking equipment ensures a perfect synergy between modern and traditional approaches to winemaking.
The current building housing the cellar was built in 1921. The original cement tanks dating to 1925 are still in use. The grapes are handled with the greatest care and we invest substantially in wood maturation. We select barrels from the finest French coopers that offer different characteristics enabling us to deliver complex and distinctive wines.
We treat the environment with the greatest respect and manage the vineyards in a way that causes the minimum disruption. Renosterveld, one of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s smallest but riches biomes, is being conserved on the farm. The highly threatened indigenous vegetation is unique to the Cape Winelands and is home to an incredible variety of rare plant and animal species. In addition to its conservation, we eradicate alien vegetation and have also named one of our wine ranges, the Rhino range, in recognition of the work we are doing to protect and preserve the environment.
Over the years we have adopted biological viticultural practices such as utilising the oil in orange peels to treat the vineyards thereby disrupting as little as possible the habitat of small organisms to ensure a natural eco-system. Blessed with an abundance of wildlife on the higher slopes of the mountains, the buck, baboons, wild boar and an array of bird species all form part of our commitment to living in symbiosis with nature. In addition, we have planted 10 hectares of olive trees to lower our carbon footprint, established bee hives in the mountainous areas where they flourish amongst the forest of eucalyptus, wild olive and waboom trees. Our commitment continues in the cellar and we have installed a water treatment plant to manage waste water by recovering and treating it back to irrigation quality to nourish our prime vineyards at the foot of the mountain.
Please contact us if you would like to buy some of our legendary wines, book a tasting or just come and explore our beautiful farm. Our trading hours are Mondays-Fridays from 09:00-16:00.
|Tel: +27 21 873 1625
Fax: +27 21 873 0851
|PO Box 1234, Slangrivier Road, Groenberg, Wellington, 7654
Linton Park Wines, Slangrivier Road, Wellington, 7655
33˚ 36’ 46.58” S ; 19˚ 01’ 57.28” E (view map & directions)
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