Welvanpas Family Vineyards with its picturesque setting, dates back to 1705 and has been the home of the Retief family for ten generations. Currently the farm is owned by Dan and Retha Retief.
Dan is the 10th generation Retief on the farm Welvanpas, formerly known as De Krakeelhoek.
Dan farms with vineyard, has a vine nursery and make some wine under the Welvanpas label.
The farm has a unique locality and is situated relatively high above sea level. The terrain consists of many different slopes and sides, which makes it ideal for many grape varieties.
The different soil types were mapped so that the best root stock varieties could be chosen for each vineyard.
Wine is still made by using old traditional methods. Red wines are fermented in open cement vats by a trusted and tried method. After the grapes are crushed and milled, it is left for cold maturation of the skins and juice, to give extra character and body. After fermentation starts, the skins have to be regularly pressed down into the fermenting juice by hand. This is a soft treatment for fermenting wine and very labour intensive. The winemaker is involved with the fermenting process from the beginning to the end. He can monitor the process better and make adjustments if necessary.
Wine has been made and exported at Welvanpas Family Vineyards since 1704.
Welvanpas Family Vineyards is open for wine tasting all week, except on Mondays.
The Welvanpas Wine range can be taste and purchased here as well.
- Facilities: Wine Tasting, Wine Sales, MTB and Hiking Trails, Coffee Shop