Saronsberg Winery is situated in the upper Breede River Valley in Tulbagh. It is made up of two farm portions formerly known as Waveren and Welgegund. The farm originally formed part of the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen (TJG) until it was divided between the two Krone brothers in the 1950s. Waveren and Welgegund, which lie on either side of TJG, were acquired in 2002 and renamed after the mountain, the slopes of which are home to a portion of their vines: Saronsberg. The two sites are distinctly different in terroir, with broad disparities in altitude, aspect, soil type, wind and rainfall patterns and temperature producing grapes with strongly contrasting characteristics.
In January 2004, after an initial soil and temperature analysis of all the potential vineyard sites was done on both farms to determine their suitability for grape production and specific clones, Saronsberg’s winemaking officially began with the harvest of their first Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Saronsberg supports the principles of BWI (Biodiversity and Wine Initiative) which is a partnership between individual farms and the conservation sector which aims to conserve the existing natural fauna and flora through sustainable farming practices. They are also a member of the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW), a voluntary environmental sustainability scheme established by the South African wine industry in 1998. Apart from vineyards, Saronsberg is also in the process of establishing fruit orchards and olive groves on the more fertile soils, with the aim of diversifying production.
This much awarded red wine is a blend of 79% Shiraz, 11% Grenache, 8% Mouvédre, 1% Viognier and 1% Grenache. Grapes from the two best Shiraz vineyards form its backbone. It was matured for 20 months in barrel and 11 months in bottle.