Brakkuil Farm is home to the Gedeel Wijnen. It is a unique wine farm located in the St. Helena Bay region on South Africa's west coast. The vineyards are planted in the flattened sea sand filled with limestone, 4 km from the cold Atlantic Ocean.
The Brakkuil farm was founded in the early 1800s, while the first grapes (Barbarossa and Palomino) were planted in 1978. The original wine cellar is still in use and was built in 1948 after the end of the Second World War.
In 2002, farm owner Wimpie Bouwer (father of winemaker John Bouwer) planted 6ha of the first Sauvignon Blanc vines used today to produce a unique Sauvignon Blanc. John also produces a Palomino “matured under veil” and a superb Barbarossa. This is a limited edition variety grown on the only Barbarossa hectare (one of four planted in the world in 1978) in Southern Africa.
John Bouwer strongly believes in traditional winemaking and he ages his wines “under veil” without conventional cooling methods.
"It's important to us to create something unique. A trend that goes back to the beginnings of traditional winemaking. It's the craftsmanship of understanding the grape's culture and following one-on-one from vineyard to bottling .
Making wine is a feeling, an emotional process..."
The soil and terroir of farm Brakkuil consists largely of sea sand with limestone on the bottom, which gives the wines a low pH level.