The WineshopDiscover exceptional wines
Nestled in the heart of Stellenbosch, our craft-boutique wine shop offers a unique blend of international appeal and industrial charm.
The rustic ambiance of exposed brick and metal accents creates an inviting backdrop for exploring our handpicked selection of wines from all winemaking areas in South Africa.
Whether you're a wine aficionado or a casual enthusiast, our intimate space invites you to discover exceptional wines.
Alexander and Jan
Winemaker and Cinsaut prodigy Alex Milner, and Jan Solms a Freelance brand Designer and Label Master par excellence got together to label some beautiful old Cinsaut from Bellevue. Made from Old Vines, this 2018 wine promises to be quite delicious. With some clever label tricks, this fun packaging will soon be on our shelves and ready to enjoy.
21 Years of dedicated and amazing service!
Known to many in the industry for seemless deliveries of samples and all things wine, Helene Schoeman has been the cornerstone to our Freight Department at Vineyard Connection. This year sees her heading up TVC Freight for 21 incredible years! Thank you to her for all her incredible dedication and commitment and for her care to all in the industry.
Chris and Suzaan Alheit have built up an incredible name with their wines - their aim is clear - "Heritage wine from dry-farmed old bushvine sites, made carefully and simply." Each of these Chenins, bottled in Magnums, are beautifully terroir driven, and are perfect gifts or companions for the holiday season. The larger format allows the wine to age slowly giving more longevity, but is also great fun to share with friends at your Christmas table.
Well done to The Sadie Family Wines for being the Top Performing Winery of the Year for the 4th time! With 7 Five Stars in this edition, it is very well deserved!
MR de Compostella 2021!
There something particularly special about the 2021 Vintage of de Compostella! A worldclass wine and worthy of its accolades! Well done Bruwer Raats, well deserving too of TA Winemaker of the year 2023!
David and Nadia 2022 Release
David Sadie joined us at Vineyard Connection last week with some fellow wine friends, to show off his 2022 release. The most challenging of vintages in the Swartland, with early rains and four heatwaves during harvest, David has worked his magic! With numerous pickings - 13 times over 10 days on his Platbos Chenin - these vines ranging from 1968 to 1984 held up, and the small berries have created these elegant, tight and complex wines. His 4 single varietal Chenins are very limited, but his Aristagos, Chenin Blanc, Elpidios and Grenache are available, on our shelves, and a real treat.
A visit from Markus Sadie this morning to drop off his very first wine ! An absolutely delicious Chenin blend, Die Waterhuis! Grapes from vineyards he and Xander, his brother planted on the Sadie farm years ago. Markus worked for us while he was studying and is currently working in Napa. Watch this space, he's only just begun! The first shop to see this special wine - very limited - very delicious!
Vintners 2023 in Stilbay, was once again a resounding success, and for many, the best yet! Well done to Pieter Walser of Blankbottle for his win in the comp and the Gunther Schultz for his work in putting this together. Vineyard Connection is proud to be associated with this amazing group of winemakers and to help contribute in the sponsorship of the event. Looking forward to the next one!
A spectacular Monday in the Swartland with the Sadie's
The 2022 Ouwingereeks and 2021 Signature wines, are truly exceptional, and with the new addition of their first Swartland Chenin, Rotsbank, the 3 chenins are a treat to compare side by side. Their new vineyard Rotsbank, which borders the Sadie farm, is planted on a very shallow granite shelf, and is the first vineyard in the Swartland to ripen each year. This wine is flinty, reductive and grippy and is well worth the wait for their first Swartland Chenin! Some of these gems, although in very short supply, are for sale in our shop at the end of the month.
Steilpad Chenin Blanc 2022
Jorrie De Plessis, the former winemaker at Lammershoek, popped into the shop yesterday with his new release. He is the 4th generation to farm Steilpad Farm in Paarl. This delicious Chenin has layers of baked quince and pear with warm citrus acidity and a lovely lingering finish. The minerality along with a tiny subtle tannin gives depth and spiciness to this wine. An absolutely delicious pure reflection of this South African fruit - Very soon to be released and available in our shop.
A visit by Tyrrel to show his exciting new Joostenberg releases
Some great wines in this farm's stable, from the delicious Myburgh Bros Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2022 - packed full of peaches and melons to KlippeKou Syrah, and the more authentic and classic Philip Albert Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. Pop in to the shop - Monday to Friday 9 to 5pm to make up a pack of delicious winter warmers.
Thistle and Weed
Duwweltjie, Khakibos, Brandnetel, Knapsekerel, Springdoring and Nastergal. These beautifully made wines by Stephanie and Etienne, are named after the weeds growing between the vines on each site. Duweltjie with its elegant and broad mid palate, to Khakibos with its saltiness and long lingering finish. These wines are perfectly matched with Oysters, salty Parmesan cheese and rich curriy.
Another winner from Chris Williams!
The Foundry Geographic Bonsai Chenin Blanc 2020 These grapes, from an old Helderberg vineyard, were planted in 1957, bearing very small bunches with tiny golden yellow berries. Chris says these gnarley old vines are small,and resemble old bonsai bushes, hence the name. This wine has beautiful concentration, rich and full on the palate, with a fresh acidity and a deliciously long finish.
Staying Alive Riesling
A collaboration between Delheim and Hammel Estate in Germany, is a culmination of a 40 year friendship between these two families, entrenched in the wine worlds of South Africa and Germany. We were paid a special visit by Christoph Hammel and Nora Sperling a few weeks back, and tasted this exceptional Riesling. The gregarious Christoph tells the story of the Suisse yeast which was used in this wine to kickstart fermentation. This yeast, known as the "Sleeping Beauty" or 1895C, was isolated from wine residue left over from a bottle of Swiss wine made in 1895. This is the first time that a dormant yeast found in very old wine has been resuscitated and grown for commercial use again. This is a delicious Riesling with balance of fruit to acidity well tied up and with a richly creamy mouthfeel. Pop in to pick up a bottle
Luddite 21 years Old!!
We were happy to have seen Niels Verburg from Luddite last week, who popped in to showcase his new and exciting releases! His 2020 Shiraz is simply fantastic, celebrating their 21 years of winemaking! Its a beautifully balanced wine, quintessential Luddite, with a deep dark core fruit, cloves, spice and delicious saltiness on the finish. The very limited Luddite Chenin of which only 2500 bottles were made, has a beautiful saline minerality on the pallet, great structure and is a superb food wine. The two blended wines in the same stable are the Saboteur White and Red, both in crown cap, are drinking so well, and are all available at The Wineshop at Vineyard Connection.
Onskuld Chardonnay 2021
Another incredible vintage from grapes of the Hemel en Aarde Ridge, one of our favourites this year! Still needing time to open and develop, this elegant wine is multi layered and complex, with gorgeous saline creamy minerality and a deliciously long finish.
The Hemel and Aarde Ridge is the smallest of the 3 appellations falling under Hemel and Aarde. Slightly further away from the Coast and with slightly later ripening, this area still gets the cooler sea breezes resulting in great minerality and freshness in its wines. Onskuld meaning Innocence, invites the taster to enjoy the simple joy that Chardonnay brings.
Alheit Vineyards - 2021 Release
What a pleasure it is to taste some of South Africa's finest Chenins alongside a very special Semillon. Well done to Chris and Suzaan for yet another exceptional vintage release! Wines will be available in very limited quantities during the course of July. Get in touch with us if you would like to reserve any of these SA gems
Atlas Swift - A Focus on Chardonnay
We simply love the new Atlas Swift regional expressions of Chardonnay, meticulously crafted by Martin and Welma Smith. This impressive range offers Chardonnay from diverse regions including Cape South Coast, Wellington, Cederberg and Robertson. In stock now at our wine shop.
Kaapzicht - The 1947
Old Vine Single Vineyard beauty from the second oldest block of Chenin Blanc in South Africa. We have just received limited stock of this iconic South African wine. Please contact Lyzette at wine@vineyardconnection for more information.
Sauerwein Pinot Noir Magic - 2021 Release
It's always such a pleasure to taste these beautiful regional expressions of Pinot Noir with Jessica. Nom Pinot Noir is made from Elandskloof fruit, while Om is made from Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge fruit. It's tricky to pick a favourite when both the wines are so delicious! In stock now at our wineland wine shop.
2021 Vintage Release - Van Loggerenberg Wines
Tasting the new 2021 vintage release with talented winemaker Lukas van Loggerenberg. We are looking forward to receiving these stunning wines in July. Volumes are very limited. Please contact Lyzette for further info: email@example.com
Surfing Vintners Big Red and Surf4Life
In 2000, a group of winemakers who surf held a contest at Onrus River near Hermanus. This event, known as the Vintners Surf Classic, has grown in size and stature and 18 years on has become an important feature that embraces two of our greatest passions - surfing and wine. The "entry fee" to participate in the Vintners Surf Classic is 5 litres of wine. The various batches are then blended and bottled in 1.5 litre magnums of BIG RED for the contestants, sponsors and for some charity fundraising. As all the wines, barrels, packaging materials and analyses have been donated, the entire proceeds from the sale of BIG RED will go to Surf4Life. Get your bottle at our wineshop now, and support this great cause that introduces disadvantaged people to the wonderful world of surfing.