Over 300 years ago the French Huguenots first recognised the perfect natural prevailing conditions of the Franschhoek’s alluvial sandstone soils, long hot summer days, abundant winter rainfall and varied mountainous landscape and valley floor vineyards.
In 1945 37 wine growers from Franschhoek collaborated to form Franschhoek Co-Operative Cellar. The Co-Op grew to include 95 producers and peaked in 1984 crushing 12 000 tons. Sadly some of these vineyards have since been lost to urbanisation and replaced by deciduous fruit trees and citrus.
As part of the premium stable of fine wines now belonging to DGB(Pty)Ltd, there are several standing and new active growers that deliver over 9000 Tons each vintage. These grapes are harvested from farms spread out across the Coastal region of the Cape winelands, although the majority and focus is still on Franschhoek.
Franschhoek Cellar’s family of growers falls within the domain of our expert viticulturalist, Stephan Joubert.
Substantial skill, experience and investment in vineyard practice since 2007, has translated into a significant improvement in quality of fruit and subsequent wines of outstanding value.
Franschhoek Cellar selects grapes from the very best vineyard sites suited best suited to our distinct signature style and vibrant forward fruit character. Close relationships with all our growers developed over many harvests means that Stephan is able to create perfect synergy and synchronicity to best suit our requirements in the cellar.
Franschhoek Cellar produces 50/50 red and white wines over our range of 3 white and 3 red single variety wines.
Our Sauvignon Blanc plantings are well scattered over a wide area planted on different soils and slopes for diversity of fruit from gassy to mineral to bold tropical expressions. Our Chardonnay vineyards are well placed for optimal ripeness with restraint and elegance. The majority of the Franschhoek Cellar Chenin Blanc plantings are bush vines that are picked at best possible ripeness for assertive fruit.
Our range of soils and relatively high rainfall allow the cultivation of a wide spectrum of red varieties.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot are well represented. Franschhoek sires medium textured reds with good fruit concentration and generally friendly ripe tannins.