Chris Alheit

Alheit Vineyards is a family business started in 2010 by husband-and-wife team Chris and Suzaan Alheit.  They met at Stellenboch University, fell in love, travelled the world together, got married, then travelled some more.  Eventually they settled on Hemelrand farm close to Hermanus and started their project.

“The years we spent following the harvests North and South were golden.  We learned so much.  We returned home from our travels at the end of 2010 on a mission to make very South African wine.  I think now we can say we’ve done that.”

Our goals are simple.  We want to make wines with a clear sense of Cape identity.  We want to show that the Cape's vinous heritage is worth celebrating and protecting.  We love old vineyards.  We love dry farming.  We love bushvines.  We think that "ordinary grapes" are in fact wonderful.  We believe that great things are possible here in the Cape, and that we are now just scratching the surface of what can be done.

We believe that quality and beauty in wine come from the vineyard alone.  The true wonder of wine is revealed when all the nonsense and lies are stripped away.  Therefore, we practice simple and careful winemaking:  no yeasts, no enzymes, no acidification, no sulphur before ferment, no blocking malo, no new barrels, no fining etc.  No manipulation.  This is the core principal we adhere to.  We cannot in good conscience talk about the importance of place if we’re manipulating the wine.  We’re hoping to find the voice of the land, not the mark of the winemaker.   

Alheit Vineyards

Hemelrand Farm R320, Hemel-en-Aarde Hermanus

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