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Our Wines


Sauvignon Blanc wineThe vision of winemaker Koen Roose is to produce elegant wines that are sexy and pure but at the same time unique, a little wild even. Squeaky clean is not for him. Personality is important and at Spioenkop, whether it’s to do with his atypical vineyard plantings or the combination of Old and New World in his boutique wine cellar, technology and laboratory analyses will only be used to assist the winemaker and never to detract from the importance of human involvement. “At the end of the day it’s about what you feel and taste in your mouth. Taste intensity is crucial,” stresses Koen.

“The most beautiful wines don’t necessarily come from the most beautiful vineyards. Every vine should be allowed to express its individuality and what we don’t want is manipulate them all to be homogenous. Who wants to drink monotonous wines without soul or character? Great wine isn’t perfect. It shouldn’t be! Great wine has to do with an amazingly good taste experience…”


The difference between the “Spioenkop” and “1900” range

Elgin wines If you prefer a wine with a mineral quality made in a simple, elegant way you should go for our Spioenkop range. All “Spioenkop” Wines are made from grapes coming 100% from the Elgin Valley.

The “1900” wines are our “alternative” label that has a fuller, rich and more tropical style than the “Spioenkop” Wines but still an elegant option. For the “1900” range we look for the best grapes from the Western Cape, which can come from Elgin, but also from Stellenbosch, Hermanus, Botrivier etc ...  In short: a mixture of the best grapes from different wine regions.

In the words of the winemaker: "Spioenkop is en sal altyd 100% Elgin wees terwyl die “1900” die stokpaardjie en speelkie is van die wynmaker…die “1900” is die peper en sout van die chef"

Click on the right hand menu and you can read more on the individual wines under OLDER VINTAGES and LATEST VINTAGES...



Over 100 years ago, on the evening of Tuesday 23 January 1900, 1 700 British troops deployed to South Africa prepared to attack their enemies on a hill in Natal known as Spionkop – the name ‘Spioenkop’, meaning ‘Spy Hill’ or 'Lookout Hill', was coined by the Dutch settlers for the commanding views it afforded of the slopes and valley below. During the days that followed, a bloody battle ensued... Read more

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