A great wine begins in the vineyards.
HAZENDAL’S WINEMAKER AND VITICULTURIST CLARISE SCIOCATTI-LANGEVELDT
“I thrive on the passion that is part and parcel of a family owned estate. It is our goal to produce small-scale wines of quality that capture the character of the long-forgotten Bottelary ward.”
Clarise Sciocatti-Langeveld, Hazendal winemaker and viticulturist.
Hazendal is the first destination on the Bottelary-Stellenbosch Wine Route (approaching from Brackenfell), which is fitting given that it was one of the first farms to grow grapes in its day. Hazendal’s wines have long been recognised for their quality and this tradition of excellence continues.
The Hazendal vineyards are relatively small (producing 120-tons) and give rise to premium quality, niche wines. Hazendal’s winemaker and viticulturist, Clarise Sciocatti-Langeveldt, believes that more work should happen in the vineyard than in the cellar. She deliberately does not overwork the wines in order to preserve the flavour and keep the wines as elegant as possible. During harvest, the grapes are cooled down, de-stemmed, crushed and then fermented. Oak contact is kept to a low- to medium-toast and is merely there to introduce freshness.