Thelema Mountain Vineyards, one of the most respected names in Cape wine, is a pioneering venture atop Helshoogte Pass, east of Stellenboch. It was developed from scratch in the early 1980s by Gyles Webb, together with his wife Barbara. Fruit orchards were pulled out and vines were planted. The manor house was restored and the first wines under the Thelema label were released in 1988. From the start, the emphasis was on perfection in the vineyards, which naturally translated to exceptional quality in the wines. Thelema is situated on the south-easterly side of the Simonsberg Mountain with mainly south-facing slopes and with elevations of 530m above sea level, it possesses some of the highest elevations in Stellenbosch. The high altitude and the rich red soils are ideal for premium quality wine grape production. Today Thelema is one of the most beautiful viticultural gems of the Cape winelands.
From vines planted in 1988 and 2000, the Thelema Reserve is a limited release of the finest Merlot of the vintage.