Franschhoek Wine Valley

Acclaimed Japanese microbrew Hitachino Nest lands on the shores of South Africa

en_01Noble Hill is known for its wines, but now and again you might visit
the estate in the mood for a tasty malt instead. In place of a bland beer
selection, Noble Hill has partnered with one of the most acclaimed
microbreweries in Japan to bring Hitachino Nest to the tasting room and
restaurant at the estate.

Estate owner Kristopher Tillery explains, “we have been selling
Noble Hill wines to Japan for years, and I was lucky enough to meet the
brewmaster at Hitachino during a recent visit to Japan. The beers are
unlike anything made in South Africa right now, and some of the best I have
tasted. It is a great opportunity to share these special beers with our
customers at the winery and in the wholesale trade.”

Hitachino Nest, with its distinctive owl logo and penchant for
combining European beer-making technology with Japanese brewing
techniques, is made by Kiuchi brewery located in Ibaraki, Japan. The
brewmasters at Hitachino have been making sake for generations, and
began a microbrewery in 1996. Over the years the beer has gained
worldwide acclaim by winning awards at numerous beer competitions.
Hitachino Nest was the first Japanese craft beer to be exported overseas
and has a cult following in Tokyo and New York.

The Nipponia is a perfect example of the unique Hitachino style.
This beer is brewed using indigenous Japanese Kaneko Golden barley and
Sorachi Ace hops. Delightfully golden in colour with a complex and
lingering taste, the Nipponia is a a unique and sophisticated glimpse of the
cutting edge of craft beer.

Hitachino Nest beers are available for purchase at the winery, on
the menu at Noble Hill’s cosecha Restaurant, and at select retailers and
restaurants in Cape Town.

For more information, please contact Noble Hill wine estate
E: T: +27.21.874.3844

Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020 - Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations (15th position).
  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

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Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road

Office hours
Monday: 09h00 – 12h00
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 – 16h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00
Sunday: closed

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861