Background

Location is fundamental to the quality of the wines produced by Avontuur.

Introduction
Location is fundamental to the quality of the wines produced by Avontuur. The vineyards are positioned at different heights above sea level. Each is meticulously chosen and planted according to slope, soil and site to optimise the quality of each varietal.

During winter months, Avontuur is exposed to stormy north-westerly winds. These bring abundant rain and cold, encouraging the vineyards to retreat in deep rest. Budding and the eventual slow ripening occurs with the arrival of the warmer, more amicable weather from September to February. This gradual ripening optimises the flavour components in the grapes which is why our wines are stacked with flavour.

At Avontuur, nature has been generous, for when harvesting begins in February, the wonderful flavours in each grape are preserved as the vineyards are cooled down when the cool, south-westerly ocean breeze brings respite each afternoon.

Location
Avontuur Estate nestles comfortably on the south-western slopes of the Helderberg on the R44 road which connects Somerset West and Stellenbosch. The estate is just 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.

History
Avontuur Estate was aquired by international businessman, Tony Taberer in 1983. Realising the potential for Avontuur to produce world-class wines, he painstakingly replanted and upgraded the vineyards as well as adding an additional forty hectares to the farm.

His efforts were rewarded because when he released his long-awaited maiden vintage in 1990, it was a stunning success, particularly the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot. Since then, Avontuur has harvested numerous national and international awards and accolades.

Vineyards
Avontuur's vineyards are planted with 70% red varietals and 30% white varietals. Varietals are planted according to the best suited soil types, elevation and gradient and only after meticulous soil preparation. Another hectare of Shiraz has been planted after the success of the 2002 vintage.

Pinot Blanc vines have been uprooted to make way for paddocks, in an effort to bring the horses closer to the winery. At present the view from the terrace is the changing colours of our Autumn vines, a sea of blue drifting off to the Peninsula in the distance, and the carefree trotting of young horses in paddocks amongst the vines.

Red varietals: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinotage, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. 
White varietals: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.

Philosophy
Superior wines can only be crafted from superior fruit.

Vision
Simply to maintain the undoubted potential of the farm to continue producing world class wines. That said, we realise here at Avontuur that 'world class' denotes not just a product and service that is unmatched, but also the customer benefits that should separate us from being just another wine estate.

Tourist Attractions
The relatively new winery, built in 1998, is an impressive building while still maintaining the farms old school charm. Standing amongst the neat rows of vines abutting white fenced horse paddocks, the winery boasts a cellar, tasting area and the Avontuur restaurant complete with traditional South African delicacies.

The sundrenched terrace in the warmer months, with views out over False Bay, and our blazing logfire when the Winter rains set in, have proved wonderful sources of attraction to Avontuur's customers.

All in all, it has been a very successful festive season, both with local yokels and tourists alike. We have loved their company and hope that their visits will become more and more frequent as the seasons roll by.

Avontuur Estate
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