My Wyn, which sits high on a mountain overlooking Franschhoek, is a pretty, and pretty small, winery run by Jacoline Haasbroek.
Every year just under 10 000 bottles of wine emerge from her tiny cellar on the farm Uithoek in Uitkyk Street.
Jacoline has been making wine since 2001, after completing a winemaking course offered by the Cape Wine Academy.
She follows her instinct when it comes to making her range of wines, which include a Sauviognier (a Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier blend), Semillon, Shiraz, Merlot and Viognier. “I make wine the old-fashioned way and I keep on learning. This year I learnt how to make a rosé bubbly,” she says.
Jacoline buys high-quality grapes from surrounding vineyards. Hundreds of kilograms of grapes arrive at her cellar during harvest time and she has to spring into action quickly.
She points to her “work station” – a courtyard outside the cellar where the magic starts. Most of the winemaking is done by hand and the grape destemmer is the only implement that runs on electricity. The wine matures in French oak barrels.
Jacoline and her husband Johan do wine tastings, pairing the wine with cheese and food. They open their house to guests, welcoming them into their open-plan kitchen that extends on to a large balcony.
The tastings are done overlooking the beautiful Franschhoek Valley and visitors can even take a short walk to a flat rock, where they can taste wine while enjoying spectacular views.
Jacoline prides herself on being able to devote personal time to guests. Due to My Wyn (meaning my wine) being situated high up on the mountain, it is inaccessible to busloads of tourists. “I am one of the smallest cellars in the area, I don’t want to grow any bigger,” she says.
My Wyn wines are not sold in stores, but a few restaurants stock them and some are exported.
The image on the My Wyn label is an outline of a graceful woman from behind, and her shape changes depending on the style of the wine. A full-bodied wine has a line sketch of a voluptuous woman, just the way nature intended, says Jacoline.
The winery is open to the public from October to April, Monday to Friday from 10am to 12:30pm, or by appointment.