Heaven became a place on South African soil for Malawian-born winemaker Kevin Grant when he started making wine in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Kevin may be one of the new wave of winemakers, but there is something classical, even elemental, to his approach. The entire Ataraxia estate expresses this philosophy…
The late Tim Hamilton Russell pioneered viticulture and winemaking in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, producing the region’s first wines four decades ago. Son Anthony took over the helm of Hamilton Russell Vineyards in 1991, continuing his father’s vision of creating world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a part of the Cape that had never grabbed anyone’s imagination as being wine country.
The Newton Johnson Vineyards, a family affair, is situated in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde, with brothers Gordon (winemaking) and Bevan (marketing and sales) in charge, while founding father Dave, who pioneered winemaking in the valley, counts the awards rolling in for the magnificent and precise wines made here.