The Essence of our terroir
Our terroir is especially suited for producing excellently structured wines complemented by the local climate with characteristically hot summers and cold winters, tempered in summer by the ‘Cape Doctor’ and the impact of the snow-covered mountains in winter.
The ‘Cape Doctor,’ a fresh south-easterly wind, blows through the Breedekloof Valley and plays an essential role in cooling the vineyards in the late afternoon. The cooler temperatures reduce disease pressure in the vineyards.
In winter, the surrounding high mountains are covered in snow. The impact of the snow results in lower spring temperatures and, therefore, harvesting starts later than in other areas. The slow ripening maximizes the grape flavours, creating aromas that have become synonymous with Merwida’s wines.