Linton Park’s legacy started in 1699 as the farm De Slange Rivier. Our original farm was named for the winding stream, Snake River or Slange Rivier which still flows down the mountain. The majestic Groenberg Mountain presides over Linton Park Wine Estate, which is minutes away from the charming and rustic town of Wellington in South Africa’s Western Cape province.
Several diverse micro climates are offered by the valley folds and mountain slopes and our vineyards are sited and prepared to optimise these.
The Estate’s three centuries of winemaking tradition is honoured by our grape growing and winemaking teams.
We respect the vine’s natural cycles and by using modern cellar practices make complex yet elegant, characterful, awarded and identifiably Wellington Wines.
In 1699 Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel granted De Slange Rivier farm to Louis Fourie, a French Huguenot. The deed dated 28 February 1699 has been preserved and forms part of the Manor House’s art and antique furniture collection. He not only developed the farm’s agricultural landscape but planted vineyards and was highly regarded for his pioneering winemaking in Wellington. He is also credited as being the forefather of the Fourie family tree. Not unlike numerous other wine farms in South Africa who trace their history to Huguenot founders, Linton Park has a proud and honourable birth right.
The Estate was purchased by Camellia Plc in 1995. The United Kingdom based multinational is a global group, listed on the London Stock Exchange and employs over 76 000 people worldwide. Camellia’s interests include tea gardens, macadamia and avocado plantations in the agriculture and horticulture sectors, private banking and financial services, food storage and distribution and engineering.
Our graceful single story gabled Cape Dutch Manor House was built in 1809. The architectural features reflect the construction flair which was typical at that time. As the French born architect Louis Michel Thibault who had designed numerous beautiful buildings in the Cape, influenced the layout of several highly prized manor houses in and around the wine lands.
Restoration of the Manor House’s interior and exterior was undertaken in 1995 when Camellia Plc bought the property. The house was refurnished with charming antique pieces of both Cape and English origin. Various wardrobes, chests, four poster beds, musical instruments, house hold items and the single largest collection of coal-heated clothing irons in South Africa are held along with collectables from the property’s three-hundred-year history.
Our thirty vineyard blocks range in altitude from 200m to over 550m. A variety of soils are encountered with the predominant ones being Oakleaf and deep Tukulu through to fertile Clovelly. We are currently undertaking an extensive replanting programme of approximately 6 hectares per year. A hectare for reference is the size of an international sized rugby pitch and on average 2 500 new vines will be planted per hectare. Of the 294ha, a total of 70ha currently are planted to vine with a five-year plan of reaching 100ha. The vines are all grafted rootstock and are planted as trellised and bushvine. Integrated Production of Wine practices are adhered to and we are WIETA certified. We are underway with a comprehensive eradication programme of alien tree species and whilst this is a long term project, we are already seeing an increase of water run-off into our dams.
The gradient of the slopes affords the vineyards longer sunlight hours which in turn results in optimal ripeness at harvest. We farm in harmony with nature using proven biological principles to reduce dependence on chemical sprays.
Our winemaking facilities are housed in a building which was constructed in 1921 and within the Cellar we have original cement tanks dating back to 1925. As part of the current Cellar expansion project these will be converted into open top fermenters. The neglected Cellar was restored along with the Manor House with the property’s purchase by Camellia Plc in 1995 and presently an additional project is underway to modernise the facility further. Our winemaking team values that quality wines begin in the vineyard and as such practice minimal intervention techniques to maintain the fruit expression of the grape varietals.
Our holding company mandates a high regard and respect for conservation and sustainability across the group’s numerous agricultural and horticultural undertakings. Linton Park Wine Estate is no exception. We are protecting and conserving the Rhenosterveld or Rhino Field on the farm, as the numerous and beautiful rare plant species are unique to the Cape Floral Kingdom. Within our brand hierarchy, we have the Rhino tier from which proceeds are donated to the protection of Rhinos. An annual contribution is made to a conservation organisation which is selected each year for being the most in need.
The eradication of alien trees and in particular the blue gum is being conducted responsibly so as not to cause soil erosion yet ensure the total suppression of any possible regrowth. Given that bees use these trees as forage plants to provide nectar and pollen, as we eradicate we develop bee hives in the mountains so as to offer the bees an alternative resource.
Waste water from the Cellar is filtered through to a reed bed programme to be recycled. The clarified water is pumped back to one of our five dams to be utilised as irrigation water.
Several other projects have been embarked on amongst them planting of olive trees as a tally to lower our carbon footprint. We have reduced the number of spray programmes over the growing season from fourteen to eight as part of our biological approach to farming. An assortment of wild boar, baboons, Duiker and Steen buck and invariably snakes are encountered on the farm. A splendid variety of birds are seen ranging from Alpine Swifts, through Fish Eagles and Kingfishers, Black Head Herons, Harriers and Lanner Falcons. All attesting to our authenticity that we are farming responsibly.
Please contact us using the e-form below if you are looking at purchasing wine, book a tasting or just come and explore our beautiful farm.
Tasting Room Hours: Mondays-Fridays from 09:00-16:30. Saturdays 09:00-13:00.
|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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