Bartinney Private Cellar

Banhoek Valley, Stellenbosch, 7600

About

Bartinney is situated on the hellish high slopes of Helshoogte Pass and overlooks the picturesque Banghoek Valley in Stellenbosch. Passionately involved husband and wife team, Michael and Rose Jordaan, have renovated the historic farm with a vision to create excellent wines and reawaken the charm of the beautiful property.

The boutique cellar produces limited quantities of Sauvignon blanc and Chardonnay from low yielding vineyards positioned on cool elevated slopes. Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in deep red soils on the lower foothills and the 2008 Vintage will only be released in 2010.

More than 5000 trees and fynbos, indigenous to the area, have been re-established on thirteen hectares of rehabilitated land previously pine and gum plantation. Plans for a nursery to help restore and protect neglected slopes on the farm are on the cards as well as obtaining Champion status in the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) of which they are already a member. Visitors to the tasting room will be able to see spectacular 180degee views of the Banghoek Valley and Simonsberg and enjoy wines presented by the winemaker or owner.

History

Bartinney was formally established in 1920 by a Harrods director who decided to spend the rest of his life in what he described as the most beautiful valley on earth. The 1923 Manor House uniquely blends English Tudor and Cape Dutch styles and features a sixteenth century Elizabethan carved beam of black oak, an Elizabethan wrought-iron fireback dated 1653, as well as Spanish leatherwork and Delft tiles originating from the Cape Castle. In 1954 the property was acquired by Dr Michael Jordaan and the current generation is the fourth to farm the property.

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