Ataraxia was founded in 2004. Husband and wife team, Kevin and Hanli, in partnership with a few friends, purchased 50 hectares of prime vineyard land. The landscape in which Ataraxia is situated, called The Skyfields is unique, lying as it does on the most elevated section of the Hemel-en-Aarde area. Nestled on this commanding rise beneath the soaring BabylonsToren mountain range, their vineyards are planted on some of the most spectacular terroirs South Africa has to offer. It is a place where wines of incredible finesse, balance and depth are crafted, that proudly hold their own in the international arena.
Chardonnay is a grape variety that Kevin has been romanced by for more than 20 years, and the love affair deepens with each passing vintage! “To my mind Chardonnay is the complete white grape variety. Although it demands respect, attention to detail, a comprehensive understanding of the terroir and an intuitive flair, the wine gives of itself so completely when you get everything right that it’s hard not to be totally in awed by it. It makes the consummate white wine. “Life without Chardonnay is like not being able to breathe! The style Ataraxia pursues has as its foundation the expression of place in a wine of profound balance, elegance, finesse and texture – all of which are hallmarks of the great and classic wines of the World.” Called a “stunning French Burgundy-styled Chardonnay”, this style of wine has redefined Chardonnay to new levels of sophistication.