The historical Natte Valleij Farm situated at the foot of the Simonsberg is not a new cellar, it’s just been resting for the last 50 years.
Famed for its brandy in years gone by, it was one of the largest cellars in the area, but sadly winemaking ceased in the late 40’s. It was bought by the Milner Family in the 60’s and for 27 years it bred some of South Africa’s finest racehorses.
It was in 2005, that wine was once again made on the farm. The old dairy or “die melk stal” as it is known on the farm, has been converted into a small but efficient cellar. We pride ourselves in keeping things traditional, like it was done in the 40’s, when wine was last made at Natte Valleij. Grapes are pick by hand, bottled by hand, corked by hand, labeled by hand and most defiantly drunk by hand. It’s a family affair and everyone is pulled in at busy times.
Winemaker Alexander Milner strives to make wine with minimal intervention and merely guide beautiful grapes into character full wines. All our wines are unfiltered to retain as much of their flavours as possible. At Natte Valleij we make predominantly reds, with only small amounts of whites made for family use.
P.O.W, is the long awaited blend.
It has taken the Natte Valleij team 4 years to produce a wine they feel can represent the farm name.
It is a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, age for 24 months in 500L French barrels.
It oozes old world character and elegance.
It is named after an unknown Italian prisoner of war (P.O.W) that left an inscription, dated 27/12/1943, on a wall of one of the buildings at Natte Valleij.
The father to our national varietal Pinotage and once stalwart red varietal of the industry, Cinsault has since fallen into obscurity.
Affectionately still called Hermitage by the many old timers, it creates superbly drinkable wines festooned with red fruits, spice and surprising structure to age gracefully.
This tribute to our wine-making past was hand crafted from a forgotten patch of bush vines that have resolutely withstood the tempest of wine globalization and showcases this varietal’s essence.
The origins of the name Hanepoot come from Afrikaans translated hane cockerel + poot claw referring to the underside of the leaves similarity to a chicken’s foot. It’s origin is said to be near the ancient harbour of Alexandria, hence its more fashionable name Muscat d’ Alexandrie. In South Africa it was one of the first arrivals to our shores. It is a varietal which has fallen along the roadside of fashion, but posses a mind boggling array of aromatics and an innate ability of crafting fun, yet thoughtful wines - especially from the low yielding old vines which still exist around the Cape.
Named after the Swallows that return each year to breed in the cellars at Natte Valleij.
They are wines of elegance and drinkability that can be enjoyed on all occasions.
Aged for 12 months in small French Barrels an eclectic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Petit Verdot and Cinsault.
Blended from four different wine growing regions from bush vines high against the Bainskloof Mountains to vines high in the Stellenbosch hills.