Handcrafted Natural Wine from the Swartland
Dragonridge Winery is situated on Fynbos Estate deep in the Paardeberg. The beautiful farm has 15 hectares of vineyards and 270 hectares of nature reserve. One of the mountains on the farm resembles a sleeping dragon, hence the name ‘Dragonridge’.
The farm produces between 20 and 40 tonnes of grapes each year which are used to produce small quantities of handcrafted wines.
The Dragonridge philosophy is simple: make natural wines from unirrigated vineyards that are pruned and suckered to produce small yields of grapes with concentrated flavours. This also allows minimal use of sulphur, and vinifying of the wines with very little interference. Bottling is done without filtration. All of this means our wines are vegan.
During harvest (mid January to early March), individuals and groups can join us to make wine in the traditional way, from picking to bottling. Combine and hour or so harvesting grapes with working in the cellar, eating a delicious country lunch, tasting wine and having lots of fun. By arrangement, wine-tasting lunches and overnight getaways are also available, as is comfortable accommodation and delicious food in the wonderful surroundings of the guesthouse at Fynbos Estate. Read more on the Events & Activities page.
A grand old Victorian farmhouse and quaint country cottages nestled amongst vineyards, olive groves and mountains, make Fynbos Estate ideal for getaways, workshops, retreats and conferences. Lovely gardens, a pavilion and an old cellar, create a magical setting for weddings, parties, and other functions. Fynbos Estate also provides venues for workshops and retreats and all kinds of celebrations – including weddings. Read more on the Fynbos Estate page.
Enjoy the video below featuring Fynbos Estate and the interview with Johan Simons about making natural wine, towards the end.