Niel Joubert Estate
Quality isn’t expensive, it is priceless.
A true family-run farm, they thrive in
making down-to-earth fine wines.
Meet the Vineyard
The vineyards which are some 260 ha in extent are situated on the Paarl side of the Simonsberg Mountain.
The farm has a moderate climate, ideal for grape growing, with an average winter rainfall of 900mm and temperatures ranging from 7°C in winter to 30°C in summer.
The cooling Atlantic breeze in summer, greatly contributes to the flavour retention of the grapes.
Erni, their winemaker, uses a hands-on approach in the cellar to create wines that realize their full potential, while still being delicious to drink.
The cellars under Erni’s control have been extensively modernized in recent years with as natural a flow as possible to avoid over-handling of the wines.
There is a policy of minimum intervention, with the objective of honoring each vineyard and its fruit.
The greater portion of the vineyards are located on the actual mountain or hill slopes. Altogether three different trellising systems are used, to suit the varieties and terrain.
The founder of Klein Simonsvlei, Piet Joubert, bought the farm in 1898 with the main objective of producing fruit. While grapes were also grown here at the turn of the century, production remained small until the 4th generation when Daan took over fully in 1981. A long history of farming has definitely contributed to the deep and rich quality of the South African wines this family produces.
The current structure is family-strong. Daan heads up the team, while also taking the role of viticulturist and fruit farmer; Niel Jnr, a qualified winemaker, runs the finances. His sister Mari looks after sales and distribution plus the social issues, such as a crèche for staff children, and an after-school club with the Pebbles Project. Mother Eleanor does the wages and takes care of whatever catering is required. Daan’s mother (Christine-Marié) also lives on the farm, in a beautiful garden setting and has made the gardens her responsibility.
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