L'Ormarins, established in 1684, is the primary estate in the Anthonij Rupert group and is situated in the Franschhoek area. Known for its combination of low-lying land and moderate to steep slopes that allow a variance to seep into the production and flavor, the vineyards are mainly planted on the slopes of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains where the granite soils have for decades produced robust, expressive wines.
Anthonij Rupert Wyne was founded on this farm and originally owned by the late Anthonij Rupert, with his successor and brother Johann Rupert taking over the property in 2003. It was Johann who constructed a state-of-the-art winemaking facility here, catapulting the farm into a prestigious wine estate and the beginnings of what is now a sprawling enterprise.
The company’s focus has always been on terroir specific wines, which has led to the brand being made up of an impressive portfolio of farms representing the best in grape producing locations. In the collective portfolio is L’Ormarins in Franschhoek, Rooderust in Darling, Riebeeksrivier in the Swartland and Altima in isolated Elandskloof. Individually each site offers specific growing conditions, allowing Anthonij Rupert Wyne to honour the requirements of their different wines.
The L’Ormarins Estate houses the impressive Terra del Capo machinery, gravity-fed cellars and a mechanical flywheel, the only one of its kind on the continent. Together with a team of skilled winemakers, this is where their award-winning wines are produced. The precision and sense of detail is carried on to two exquisite tasting rooms located on the estate, each one dedicated to one of the popular wine ranges.
Allow enough time to take a tour by tram around the estate, to enjoy the wine tastings that are presented in flights, visit the rose garden and spend time in the Franschhoek Motor Museum, home to over 200 cars. To continue with the decadence, you may even consider staying for high tea overlooking the Franschhoek Valley.
Where: On the R45 between Franschhoek and Paarl
Our Sommelier's recommendation: Optima Bordeaux Blend