In pursuit of winemaking excellence

The Chase estate was part of the original Wildepaardejacht farm outside Paarl, which was granted to Philip Fouche in 1697.

Now owned by Canadian-born Richard West, The Chase wine estate and its maiden vintage have been four decades in the making.

After settling in Chile for five years, Richard first came to South Africa in 1967 and here he found the conversion to local wines “remarkably easy”. Chilean vintages had already introduced him to the allure and mystique of New World Wines.

This set in train a desire to one day have his own estate and produce wines, an ambition that began with buying the farm and providing grapes from its 43 hectares under vine to other producers.

With the release of the estate’s maiden vintages, The Chase Shiraz 2006 and The Chase Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Richard’s dreams have become reality.

The Chase has a state-of-the-art cellar with a capacity of 50 tons, while all excess grapes from each top-quality harvest are utilised by other long-standing colleagues in the wine-producing industry.

Richard aims to keep The Chase “a cherished vocation” rather than building it into a major business
(Photo by: Jane Schaillee)

The Chase Vineyards
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