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“Amazing vineyard, amazing tour!”

De Toren Private Cellar
Ranked #64 of 158 things to do in Stellenbosch
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: "Without aim and direction you are nowhere. Our wine crafting roadmap is clear and precise; our objective is to redefine the Bordeaux concept and adapt it to be uniquely South African......achieving very complex, balanced and expressive wines." De Toren Private Cellar is named after the tower in the cellar which forms the centre of our philosophy of respect for the fruit we grow. In return the fruit will respectfully deliver extremely luxurious wines. We only make two wines: De Toren "Z" and De Toren Fusion V, both returning great accolades from all over the world!
Reviewed 21 June 2017

It was 2 years ago on my 40th but remains the best vineyard experience that I have had. A personal touch delivered by the vineyard owner, Emil, with a superb tasting session at the end, Cannot wait to go back again. Highly recommended as part of your trip to the Western Cape area!

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De-Toren, Owner at De Toren Private Cellar, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

We loved hosting you. Thank you for these kind words and so glad we could be a small part of your 40th birthday!

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Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

So firstly you have to book a wine tour by appoint only.

This is a private farm that is exclusive. The experience matches the brand of the farm.

The experience starts of from the history of the owner, the various blocks only two primary wine blocks, harvesting process and then a tour of the entire wine cellar. And finally a cosy area for tasting prestige wines.

Take note this is not a cheap wine. It's relatively expensive wine that matches the brand.

I would highly recommend a visit to this farm and if you do buy and enjoy the wine it's money well spent!

1  Thank ShilohNaiken
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De-Toren, Owner at De Toren Private Cellar, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the experience and thank you for visiting us. It was an absolute pleasure to host you. The De Toren Team

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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

The best wine tour I have ever been on and I have done many in many countries . The tour complements the excellent and very exclusive products they produce .

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De-Toren, Owner at De Toren Private Cellar, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Wow, thank you - such a great honor to hear that. Kind Regards,The De Toren Team

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Reviewed 17 February 2017

A friend of mine recommended to visit De Toren. It was an excellent recommendatiion.

First you have to make an appointment. (!)

After arrival you have to register at the reception, and then you get a very informative guided tour through the vinyards and the "cellar". You will learn which factors have to come together to produce an outstanding wine (e.g. a fungus keeping the 8-fold of his volume in the soil and the wind direction), you will understand how academic an approach towards "growing" wine can be, and finally...

...finally you are guided to a very exclusive tastiubg room, to experience what you have heard before.

1  Thank Roman H
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De-Toren, Owner at De Toren Private Cellar, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Thank you so much and so glad your friend recommended us.
Kind Regards, The De Toren Team

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Reviewed 13 December 2016

De Toren is just amazing, we were warmly greeted by Adele with a bright smile and then Charles Williams, the winemaker, arrived to lead our tour. Charles explained how they map out each portion of their land holding and use infrared aircraft photographs to analyze each area given the soil conditions. With these soil conditions in hand they then decide what type of grapes to plant on each section of the land holdings. This gives them a complete traceability from the land to the wine. We then walk part of the vineyard and were able to understand what he had explained on how the optimize the use of the land. He also explained how when they pick the grapes they focus on only picking the perfect grapes discarding those who are not at their desired ripeness and perfection. These selected grapes are then hand processed to remove any undesirable ones as they go into the winemaking process. Then we walked through the wine making process and he explained how at the press he personally handles the process to make sure that the grapes are only pressed to the desired level and not allowing it to go so far to bring in the non-desirable portion. How different from most industrial wineries where this process is relegated to interns who use the press to squeeze out the last drop of wine. The Winery was also amazing in that all the wine flows are gravity fed and no pumps are used; they also have an innovative use of an elevator with a large tank for the wine to allow the movement of wine to the different tanks via gravity without having to do any extensive digging at the facility. We also observed their flagship wines that are completely processed in the barrels.
Then we came to the tasting and were served the De Toren Delicate, the Z and the Fusion V, all great wines and very well explained. We purchased some bottles.
A great experience of a very professional small winery that felt more like a visit to a pharmaceutical processor given the fantastic traceability. I have never observed such a level to granular control of a wine product such as what is done at De Toren. Through Charles kept says that they wanted to make the wine making process simple by letting the land and the grapes do all the work and do theirs by listening to the wine.

1  Thank tsolano
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De-Toren, Owner at De Toren Private Cellar, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Thank you for an amazing review.
Seems like you could do the next tasting, very well said.
Kindest Regards,
The De Toren Team

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