WHO WE ARE
Stellenbosch is famous around the word for more than just good wine. Through its name, Grand Vin de Stellenbosch associates with well known local landmarks, people and places and immediately shares their history and grandeur. Premium wines and beautiful surroundings are synonymous with Stellenbosch and Grand Vin fits perfectly into that profile.
WHERE WE ARE
Grand Domaine is situated at the top of beautiful Devon Valley, overlooking the majestic Stellenbosch mountains. Devon Valley is one of Stellenbosch’s best-kept secrets, both scenically and viticulturally. Vines have flourished here since the 18th century and it has an enviable reputation, not only for the red wines that have been made here, but also as a source of premium grapes.
Demarcated in 1997- within the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin - it runs north/south and lies to the west and alongside the village of Stellenbosch. Through it runs a tiny river, the Veldwachtersrivier, or Shepherds Creek, which joins up with the Eerste Rivier (First River). The valley is open to the south and demarcated by low hills on the other sides.
“The vineyards of Grand Domaine are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.”
The slopes of the valley are generally blessed with very good, deep soils formed by decomposed sandstone. Their colour is either yellow or red-brown and they have a fairly high clay fraction, though it is well dispersed. At the bottom of the valley the soils are generally poorer and mainly alluvial, often grey-white in colour, under which lies a fairly hard clay layer which limits these soils.
The vineyards of Grand Domaine are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
Built in 1997, the gravity fed cellar was designed with premium wine production a top priority. Today the cellar can crush up to 450 tons of grapes in a single harvest and has stainless steel tank capacity of 324,000 litres.
In the maturation cellar we have a total of 320 300L French oak barrels.
Unusually our winemaker, Monique Fourie was Born & bred in Benoni. Not exactly the centre of South African viticulture. But thanks to her family she noticed the delights of the grape from an early age and secretly harboured ambitious of becoming a winemaker – much to her mother’s initial surprise! But soon Monique graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a B.sc Agric (Viticulture & Oenology) and was ready to pursue her dream.
With 8 vintages behind her, Monique has gained valuable experience at both big producers and more premium producers. Before joining Grand Domaine, Monique was tasked with Sparkling production and the Elite ranges at renowned South African stalwart KWV. Her love of Sauvignon Blanc and its potential in various terroirs across South Africa encouraged her move to Grand Domaine where she now has the opportunity to take her dream to the next level.