The Graaff family have played a defining role in the South African political, social and business landscape for over four generations. From his humble origins as a young farm boy, the vision and foresight of First Baronet Sir David Pieter de Villiers Graaff established the foundations of a family legacy that is carried forward by his great-grandson Baronet Sir De Villiers Graaff. The historic farm De Grendel, with its sweeping views across Table Bay towards Table Mountain, is home to a family lineage that continues from generation to generation.
The grapes for this wine are grown high on the Witzenberg Mountain range in Ceres, at an altitude of 960 meters above sea level. Here, the continental climate, with cooler night-time temperatures and hotter daytime temperatures during the growing season result in slower ripening and concentrated fruit. In winter, the well-drained soft yellow shale soil is often covered with a layer of snow, providing the perfect conditions for dormant vines – a much-needed resting and recovery period before the growth season starts.