About Us


OUR ORGANIC WINERY
Seven generations of our family have lived on this farm. Grandparents Rudolph and Tina were the first to introduce the guestfarm concept to the Robertson Wine Valley in 1991. Roelf, cellar master - farmer at heart, Michelle, his wife and marketing master mind, and Marinus Potgieter, winemaker, are the driving forces behind Bon Cap. The new spectacular winery, with a view of the underground barrel room through glass panels from the tasting room, is a must-see for visitors. Together with our children, Wilmien, Christina and Stefaan, our office staff and the team on the farm, we are dedicated to the production of excellent quality wines.

Bon Cap Organic Wine Cellar produced its first wines in 2002, the same year the farm received full organic status. The first part of the winery was formerly a tractor shed; we added open cement fermenters, a cooling system, pumps, stainless steel tanks, barrels and premium quality grapes. Even with these changes, we could barely cope with a capacity of 80 tons in 2002.

As a result the newly rebuilt winery was added in 2003, and we now have the capacity to handle 450 tons. Our latest addition is a dry storage room, a laboratory and an ageing room for bottled wines. Despite our modern cellar with its glass panels which gives an exceptional view from the tasting room floor of the underground barrel room where wines are left to age, we still believe in the traditional 'hands-on' approach - we harvest before dusk and the grapes are destemmed and fermented as whole berries.

ORGANIC
Sustainable farming is a worldwide concern among people who care about the health of their families and the environment. One solution to the problem is organic farming. Organic crops are grown in harmony with nature and strict international regulations prohibit the use of any chemical products such as pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, weed killers, etc.

Our family has been farming organically for years; from the start we could see the benefit to the soil. In 1999, Bon Cap decided to apply for international certification and received full organic status from SGS in 2002. When buying produce that claims to be organic, ensure that it has organic certification by looking for the organic logo and registration number on the product. Certification guarantees that the farm and products are monitored and audited by the certifying companies on an annual basis.

As we are not allowed to use chicken manure from battery hatcheries, Bon Cap goes to great trouble and expense to obtain natural fertilizers, such as penguin guano. While the stark, leafless vines on other farms make winter-time rather dull, our vineyards are luscious and green with patches of lupine in flower – ranging from yellows to purples. The cover crops (for example, lupine and lucerne) are planted between the vines to benefit the soil – and the local wildlife! To decrease soil compaction Bon Cap uses the Quad Squad 4-wheel motorbike instead of heavy tractors between vine rows. The prevention of soil compaction and the use of cover crops have a tremendous effect on the aeration of the soil, the compost component of the soil and the soil's ability to retain moisture.

Bon Cap Organic Wines
+27 23 626-1628