We are a family owned and run wine estate in the Stellenbosch district, South Africa, which is situated on the 34° Latitude South. The name "Kaapzicht" (Cape View) comes from the fantastic view from our hills over Cape Town and Table Mountain.
The Steytler family has farmed here since 1946 and my husband Danie and his younger brother George are the 3rd generation owners of the estate. Every member of our family has a job: George is the viticulturist and looks after the vineyards, the maintenance of buildings and vehicles. His wife Mandy rents out a venue for weddings and parties and also a small guesthouse.
My husband Danie is the cellarmaster, overseeing our finances and whatever is happening in the wine cellar, also helping with local sales and marketing within South Africa.
Our son, Danie junior has joined the family company in Feb 2009 as our winemaker. He has a degree in Oenology & Viticulture from Stellenbosch University and spent 4 years making wine in France, New Zealand, California, Italy and Greece before he was allowed to come home and try his hand on our Kaapzicht wines. I am our export marketing manager and I love jetting around the world, visiting my business partners and helping to grow our export markets.
Our unirrigated vineyards are grown on old weathered granite soils on the north-western slopes of the Bottelary Hills (warm direct sunlight) , 30 km from the Atlantic Ocean (cool sea breezes) and have thus a perfect combination of everything needed to create full bodied, fruity wines.
On 190 ha (162 ha under vineyards) we grow 70% red cultivars, (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinotage, Cinsaut, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Pinot Noir) with a yield of ~ 7 ton/ha and 30% white cultivars (mainly Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, some Muscat d'Alexandrie and even less Chardonnay), with a maximum yield of 9-10 ton/ha.
All our wines (except the Port Wine) are certified estate wines, so they have to be made from grapes grown on our property and vinified inside our own wine cellar, which guarantees consistency of quality.
At this time we only bottle about 30% of our total production (30,000 cases x 9 litre), our wines are mostly being exported into 20 countries around the world, but also sold within South Africa.