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De Waal Wines
The De Waal story began in 1715 when Jan de Waal arrived in Cape Town and settled in 93 Bree Street. He made his first wine on his farm, Schotschekloof in the Bo-Kaap. The farm house on his farm still exists today! After four generations in Cape Town on their farms, Alphen in Constantia (today the Alphen Boutique Hotel) and Zevenwacht/Langverwacht in Kuilsriver, the De Waal's moved to Stellenbosch. In 1864, the De Waal family settled on Uiterwyk Estate in the Stellenbosch Kloof Valley on what was then the main road between Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Parts of this road still exist today and visitors to the Estate drive on a section without even knowing it! Today, the ninth generation of this family - and the fifth generation on Uiterwyk - is maintaining their rich winemaking tradition on Uiterwyk Estate, Home of De Waal Wines.
At De Waal Wines, one can travel through history to the modern era of our wine industry because, here, the best of the past has been retained while adjustments and innovations have been incorporated to keep in step with present and future demands. Old and new exist here in perfect harmony.
Tradition is a word that is often used when wine estates are mentioned. However, it is seldom more apt than when attributed to the De Waals and Uiterwyk Estate. It comes to mind when you stop in front of the estate's impressive manor house, because the date on the gable reads 1791. So, too, when you enter the ancient, cool, dark old wine cellar, where red wine is being matured in French oak barrels, This cellar, built in 1798, was used continually for wine-making until 1978.
Pieter de Waal, present owner of De Waal Wines, attained a B.Com Degree at the University of Stellenbosch. He then gained experience in the marketing of wine while working at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley, California.
Uiterwyk was once the last farm on the wagon trail from Stellenbosch to Cape Town. Today, the estate - and its people - is in the centre of the wine industry and is keeping pace with every new development. Its traditional roots are deep, but there is plenty of youthful vitality.
De Waal wines are available from the estate and at specialist wine shops, gourmet restaurants, and hotels.
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The Premium Range: The Premium range includes the Top of the Hill Pinotage, Signal Rock, Cabernet Sauvignon, and CT de Waal Pinotage, as well as the De Waal Merlot.
LifeStyle Range: The LifeStyle range is a value for money range aimed at everyday enjoyment without departing from handcrafted quality. The range includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Young Vines Merlot, Shiraz, and Pinotage.