Hogan wines was started in 2014 and is a small, family-run business with Jocelyn Hogan Wilson as winemaker. The grapes are sourced from various Western Cape vineyards, suited in terms of climate and soil to specific varietals. The wines are made in the on Dwarsrivierhoek Farm in the Banhoek Valley near Stellenbosch where proteas, plums and pears are farmed. Older vines with well-established root systems, gnarled trunks and lower yields are sought, and close relationships built with the supplying farmers.
Jocelyn studied for a BSc in viticulture and oenology at Stellenbosch University. After seven years working for various wineries in the Cape and overseas, she decided to team up with her family (the Hogans and the Wilsons) to start Hogan Wines. The grapes for the first vintage were harvested from the Swartland region in 2014.
The grapes for this 100% Cabernet Franc were sourced from nine-year-old, trellised vines from the lower Helderberg on granitic soils. The vineyard is 2km from the coast and the maritime effect is most favourable, especially in the hot February-March months in Stellenbosch.