Hermanuspietersfontein Boerdery is in the Sondagskloof Wine Ward. The picturesque 320Ha Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) Champion Farm nestles in the mountainous valley area close to Stanford and the Atlantic Ocean.
Our farm enjoys a unique terroir delivering a distinct style and blend of its own. The westerly slopes are more suited to Bordeaux cultivars - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon blanc and Semillon - while the easterly slopes favour Rhône cultivars such as Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Viognier.
Due to its elevation our vineyards benefit from the cool Atlantic Ocean breezes, which creates the unique microclimate that plays a significant role in the character of our wines.
In addition to the winter rainfall we enjoy the occasional summer showers from the southeast. The prevailing south-easterly summer winds combined with 187 – 332m above sea level make this pocket ±2°C cooler than the neighbouring area. Annual rainfall - 650 mm; soils vary from weathered shale to granite and gravel topsoil with a clay based sub-soil.
A haven for a variety of fauna including: leopard, duiker, reebok, cerval and baboon. All freely roaming the land.
Untouched slopes are covered in fynbos; other large tracts of nature have been left in the pristine way in which we found it. On the other hand a great deal has gone into clearing our land of invasive alien species.
Hermanuspietersfontein Boerdery - has been a member of BWI since 2007. Our goal: to limit loss of threatened natural habitat and promote sustainable wine production through biodiversity friendly farming practices.
We adhere to biodiversity principles, conserve our ecosystems and subscribe to the BWI’s values and vision in wine growing.
Natural corridors: Vineyard blocks were planned around fynbos corridors to pathways to connect biomes and provide free access for animals and birdlife across all ecosystems.
Earthworms: Tilling by earthworms, brings valuable underground benefits such as air, moisture, bacteria and soil-conditioning materials.
Ducks: Our happy flock of ducks is in charge of biological snail control.
Good Earth makes Better Wine
Dark in colour and high in organic content our farm’s topsoil is derived from centuries of decomposed fynbos and brings out the herbal (black olive) characteristics in all our red wines.
Our vineyards are planted on virgin soil. With the roots drawing most of its nutrients from the original shale and granite, providing the mineral characteristics are white wines are known for.
Farm management focuses on the five natural corridors which link the pristine fynbos areas with the wetlands, dams and other indigenous plant communities, enhancing the unique biodiversity and terroir.
A haven for birdlife and fauna, mutualism is key to a sustainable environment. Our holistic approach further supports the integrity of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
Our vines are trained on the spurred cordon, 6-wire fence training system.
Climate and Rainfall
Aspect and elevation ensure our vineyards benefit from the cool Atlantic Ocean breeze, which creates the unique microclimate influencing the character of our wines.
Winter rainfall and the occasional summer showers result in an average rainfall of 650mm per annum. The combination of the prevailing southeasterly summer winds and 187 – 332m elevation above sea level renders this pocket some 2°C cooler than the rest of the Walker Bay Wine District.
The varied soil compositions on the farm create favourable conditions for growing different cultivars.
The western slopes’ soils are more suited to Bordeaux cultivars (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot) as well as Sauvignon blanc and Semillon. Soil compositions of the easterly slopes are mostly favourable for the cultivation of Rhône cultivars (Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Viognier).
Varies between sedimentary sand loam on low clay to deeper weathered sandstone with high organic content on deeper, dark to yellow, clay. Well-drained and good water retention.
Consists of parts of yellow, fine sand loam topsoil with deeper laying clay. Varies between sedimentary sand loams on low clay to deeper weathered sandstone with high organic content on deeper dark to yellow clay. Soils are well drained with good water retention.
Bleached soils on deeper laying clay (±5%) and yellow rocky, coarse sandy soils on weathered sandstone. Deeper soils allow for better root development. Soils have developed mostly out of sandstone with traces of harder quartz.
Our Winemaking Ethos
Picking happens early morning. Grapes are handpicked and carefully packed into shallow trays; refrigerated on the farm; same day transported to the cellar and chilled overnight. This treatment ensures preservation of berry juices until ready for crushing.
All grapes are hand-selected and graded twice yet enjoys minimum handling.
Johan and Mariette Pretorius are the owners of Hermanuspietersfontein Boerdery.
Our wines are available for tasting at our Cellar and Tasting Room, Hemel en Aards Shopping Village, Hermanus