Kleinood Farm

The de Villiers family has left deep footprints in the history of the South African wine industry through the centuries, and Kleinood and the Tamboerskloof wines are no exception. The French Huguenot, Jacob de Villiers, bought the wine farm Boschendal between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, after immigrating to the Cape of Good Hope in 1688. In the year 2000 Gerard de Villiers, a direct descendant of Jacob, and his wife, Libby, found the piece of land that stole their hearts – complete with mountains, river and a pristine tract of indigenous forest.

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History

Tamboerskloof is once again an integral part of the de Villiers family history as well as that of Cape Town and the Boland. The name Tamboerskloof  means the valley (kloof) of the drums (tamboer). The Dutch settlers immigrated to the Cape in 1652 to farm with fruit and vegetables to supply the Dutch East Indian Company ships on their way […]

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Design

The labels were designed in such a way as to be unpretentious and stripped of any unnecessary information and frills. They had to portray the Kleinood philosophy in every respect. As with the wine, we wanted the value to be in the craftsmanship and personal involvement. The distinctive, yet characteristically understated labels are therefore, hand […]

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Winemaking

One of the secrets of the Kleinood wines lies in picking at exactly the right time. Each year the team inspects the vineyards from an aerial perspective. This allows them to do an infrared survey of the vineyards, thus determining vigour and ripeness of different areas in each block. Each area is then picked accordingly.

This, together with whitewashed stone foundations and buttresses, and solid timber and wrought-iron window frames and doors (original collectors’ pieces sourced from India), gives the impression that the cellar has been there for centuries; it was, in fact, only completed in 2004 in time for the 2005 harvest.

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Vineyards & Terroir

Kleinood is situated in the Helderberg area near Stellenbosch. This area is renowned for its warm days and cool nights, making it ideal for wine grape production. The plantings are done on North and West facing slopes at altitudes varying from 172 to 198 meters above sea level.

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Winery Design

The winery, a study in simplicity, combines the structural and technological expertise of owner-designer Gerard in a clever combination of high-tech and tradition. It was designed to work very softly with the grapes and to afford the winemaker the most flexibility possible.

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Not only about Wine

Composting Out compost programme has grown tremendously. We now produce an estimate 100 cubic metres of compost a year. We collect horse and quail manure from one of the neighbours as well as coffee grinds and vegetable waste from various restaurants in town weekly. We turn the heaps regularly and our own chickens and geese […]

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Our Team

All our workers are in our permanent employ and regularly attend training courses from computer literacy to pruning seminars, to cellar technology courses.

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