Our wines are produced in a state-of-the-art winery and are made to showcase the soils and climate where its grapes are grown. We have 94 hectares (232 acres) under vine and produce 13 different grape varieties with our highest vines – pinot noir and chardonnay – lying against Simonsberg at some 600 metres above sea level. Some of the vines on the farm were planted by the farm’s previous owners, the Louw family, who lived here for four generations. The Louws were grape growers for the former Simondium Co-operative Winery and other large wineries in the area.
Echoing the farm’s 17th-century Cape Dutch architectural vernacular, Babylonstoren’s modern winery was designed by renowned Cape cellar architect Gerard de Villiers. It has been fitted with custom-made processing equipment that can cater for gravity-fed production on a single level. This includes three types of red-wine fermenters – stainless steel, raised concrete and 7 500-litre French oak vats. Led by cellarmaster Charl Coetzee and winemaker Klaas Stoffberg, the farm’s 2011 harvest led to the first bottling of wine under the Babylonstoren label.
Our wines are best exemplified by the Babylonstoren logo, which consists of the pipe (representing the farmer), the flower (representing the garden) and the bird (representing nature). It is a combination of the very essence of Babylonstoren – keeping things simple and as true to the earth as possible. “It is this that we strive to achieve in our wine,” says Charl Coetzee. “Truth to the area we are situated in on the slopes of Simonsberg, and simplicity by making elegant and balanced wines as natural as possible.
Wine Tasting & Tours
– The Tasting Room is open daily – from 10h00 to 17h00 in winter and 10h00 to 18h00 in summer.
– The cost of wine tasting starts at R50 p.p. for three wines (Express Tasting) and R90p.p. for seven wines (extra per flagship wine: Chardonnay R25, Nebukadnesar R30 and Sprankel R40)
-Daily cellar tours depart from the Tasting Room shop area at 10h00, 13h00 and 16h00. Our olive oil and balsamic vinegar tours (including tasting) take place at 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00.
Booking is advisable – please phone 021 863 3852 or email email@example.com
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Destinations (15th position).
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Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013
Service Excellence Award – 2015
Best Tourism Event 2015 – Franschhoek
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service 2013 & 2012
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Franschhoek Wine Valley
66B Huguenot Road
Monday to Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 16h00
Sunday: 09h00 – 14h00
+27(0) 66 224 6360