Kleinood

Home of
Tamboerskloof wines
& de Boerin

i. This is the farm

Kleinood is a small farm with just twelve hectares of arable land. Of these, ten hectares are devoted to vines, with the remaining two under olive trees. The rest of the farm is left wild or planted with fynbos, roses and vegetables.

What’s in a name?

Everything on and about Kleinood is rooted in the history of our family as well as in the Cape and the Boland, because we believe that it is important to belong, to have a heritage and to take care of the things that came before us and that put us here. Naming something is giving it an identity of its own in terms of its origin and the world in which it has to find its way.

Thus, we named the
farm Kleinood;

the Afrikaans word from Dutch and German origin, meaning “something small and precious”.

We chose to call our wines Tamboerskloof after the suburb in Cape Town where we lived before moving to Kleinood. It is here, in this suburb, against Signal Hill, where our children were born and grew up and where the dream of Kleinood began.

ii. The Wines

De Villiers families have left deep footprints in the history of the South African wine industry through the centuries. Tamboerskloof wines from Kleinood are no exception.

iii. De Boerin
of Goodly Things

Because of the nature of Kleinood, where everything happens organically and often by pure coincidence, the acclaimed de Boerin Extra Virgin Olive oil was originally the only de Boerin product. De Boerin Verjus followed a few years later and only when our bees were settled did we start harvesting and bottling the much loved de Boerin honey. In 2017, de Boerin created the Kleinood Eau de Parfum from the gardens of Kleinood.

From our home
to your home

de Boerin
The Pantry

Produce from Kleinood farm tended and harvested by capable hands and made with generosity and care.

Because of the nature of Kleinood, where everything happens organically and often by pure coincidence, the acclaimed de Boerin Extra Virgin Olive oil was orig­inally the only de Boerin product. De Boerin Verjus fol­lowed a few years later and only when our bees were settled did we start harvesting and bottling the much loved de Boerin honey.

de Boerin
The Florilegium

A gathering of flowers, or collection of fine extracts from the Kleinood gardens.

As the Kleinood gardens grew and became more bountiful with each new spring, the flowers and scents brought the need to create objects and ex­tracts that capture the delight and beauty of these enchanting moments. And so the Eau de Parfum, the candles, the soaps, the mists and so much more came into being.

de Boerin
From times when people still had time

Because made by hand matters the mindfulness, the simplicity and one pair of nimble hands.

Since its small beginnings, Kleinood has taken pride in the hands that make it grow. It has become part of the ethos of living close to and off the land. Thus everything de Boerin has to offer is made individually and by hand. Every apron, mitten, frock, blanket and bib was made by de Boerin women who wish to make real things, from real fabrics and yarns in real-time.

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iv. A Garden to
Walk in…

When driving down the narrow dust road, fringed with Sage wood trees and Wisteria, to the de Villiers family home and winery, one soon realises that Kleinood is not only about wine.

“A little garden in which to walk, and immensity in which to
dream. At one’s feet that which can be cultivated and plucked;
overhead that which one can study and meditate upon: some
flowers on earth and all the stars in the sky.”
– Victor Hugo

v. Read our news in
De Koerant

Get up to date on the goings-on of Kleinood; what we’ve been up to, what inspires us and where we’re going next.

Kleinood Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2016 (1)

Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2016

New Vintage

April 2022

Capturing a special place and moment in time - a story of sun and rain, and wind, and soil - to dance in the magic and method of our winery. Listen while you read: The Kleinood Nocturne The Wine Introducing…

News Letter

Farm Stories

April 2022

Harvest 2022 Lord: it is time. The summer was immense. Lay your shadow on the sundials and let loose the wind in the fields. Bid the last fruits to be full; give them another two more southerly days, press them…
Kleinood Summer

In The Spring Of Twenty Twenty-One

Farm Stories

October 2021

  There was dirt once, an entire earth That clung to our bare feet when it rained, Scorched them when it hadn’t, Coated our arms when it rose With the dry, furious wind. How obvious, I thought then, That it…
Winter Water Parfum

Winter Water Parfum

Goodly Things

October 2021

On Kleinood farm we have always put terroir first in the wine we make. So too, it is ever present in our extra virgin olive oil and honey. Why then, if one could taste terroir, could one not wear it and smell…