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Haut Espoir Winery

3 Excelsior Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4000
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Incredible experience

Had an incredible visit today! Rob was the perfect host. From the wine tasting through the cellar... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
Mark W
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Our favourite winery in the Cape

My wife and I always look forward to coming back to our favourite winery in the entire Cape region... read more

Reviewed 15 December 2017
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Haut Espoir is a boutique wine estate and cellar in Franschhoek, South Africa. Developed and run by the Armstrong Family since 1999, we produce distinctive, handcrafted wines in harmony with nature. The literal translation of Haut Espoir is 'High Hope'. We are the custodians of a 23 hectare farm, of which 8 hectares are planted with shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc. The remainder of the land is dedicated to fynbos restoration, a riverine ecosystem, olive groves and vegetable and herb garden. At Haut Espoir, winemaking goes hand in hand with conservation. We have been transitioning to biodynamic agriculture since 2011. We focus on minimal impact to the environment with our viticultural practices. We have actively restored the environment around us andno fungicides, insecticides or commercially bought fertilisers are used. Water conservation is practised daily and our winery effluent is managed through a bio-reactor and wetland system.
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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Had an incredible visit today! Rob was the perfect host. From the wine tasting through the cellar where we met the puff adder, it was fun, entertaining and inspirational! For anyone into biodynamic farming, Haut Espoir does it all...from the cows horn to the moon...More

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

My wife and I always look forward to coming back to our favourite winery in the entire Cape region. Set away from the crowds of the wine tram or hustle bustle of the village, Haut Espoir is a refined yet casual tasting experience expertly carried...More

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

We were blown away by not only the quality of these wines produced by this small wine farm, but by the sustainable farm practices that go into the production of these amazing wines. It just goes to show that caring for the earth does not...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

What an amazing little gem Haut Espoir is! With views of the beautiful Franschhoek mountains, it certainly was one of the best wine-tasting experiences we have had. Rob's passion and vast knowledge of biodynamic/organic farming practices, used on his farm, is reflected in the quality...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Reallllllly! Specify this. Business is so quete but your so special you don't need guests. What a waste of time.More

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Rob A, General Manager at Haut Espoir Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Hi Michelle. Sorry to read your review, and I would hate to waste anyones time, did you struggle to make a reservation or booking to taste with us? Even though it is a quiet time of the year, we still operate by appointment only. I...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2017

We had originally planned to just hop in and out of a bunch of different wineries all day but Rob is such an awesome host we just threw our plans out the door and stuck around tasting all of the different wines, got a tour...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This is the best tasting we ever did! Very good explanation by the wine maker and she is very passionate! The wines are amazing as is the location!

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Reviewed 7 May 2016

We showed up right before closing and were told we could get a quick tasting. We did not leave for another hour! Rob gave us a tasting of their wine over 3 different vintages harvested from the same vines. I have never compared like that...More

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Reviewed 1 May 2016

This was the last estate we visited and even though it was the end of the day, the winemaker, Rob the "gentle giant", was still so welcoming. He took us around his wine cellar and spoke to us about the way he produces his wine...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2016

This estate is a gem. The wines are excellent, and the fact that you find them in all the best restaurants in town, and Franschoek is the centre of fine dining. Rob, the owner is a giant of a man in every sense. His biodiversity...More

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