Time to wine at Saxenburg

Let's Talk Somm is excited to announce to have linked hands in a partnership with Saxenburg Wine Estate, where I, will be representing the farm as their Brand Ambassador.

Having judged on the Shiraz Challenge with Shiraz SA, and breaking my shyness to Sauvignon Blanc the aptitude of this relationship is irrefutable. I have loved the complexity of Shiraz/Syrah and have been drawn to it since the early days of my career as a wine steward too.

My visit to the farm was warm and welcoming from the staff ensuring the premises are kept secure at the entrance, to the heartwarming board that encourages you that you are right where you should be with the guineafowl emblems that have become symbolic to the philosophy at Saxenburg on them. Up to you reaching the team up on the farm, they are all warm and welcoming. I was greeted by wine-maker Dirk Van Zyl and National Sales Manager Andre Lourens.

The farm is rich in history and dates back to 1693, Joachim Sax, from Sweden, was granted the land by Governor Simon Van Der Stel. Oloff & Albertus Bergh who were also from Sweden gained

ownership of the property, in 1705. The name Saxenburg was developed from these early years. Records prove that the first vines were planted in 1707. The farm transitioned from being a wine farm to a mine as a result of the natural resources the ground holds (which has a great impact on the flavor and complexity of the wine) and transitioned back to a wine farm again. Saxenburg was famous for having a Canon on top of the hill that was fired when the boats arrived in the harbor with provisions. The Bottelary Hills above Kuilsriver holds the vineyards of this historic wine Farm. These vineyards overlook Table Mountain and the Indian and Atlantic oceans. Assuring that the correct cultivars are in the best condition for their stylistic values to be asserted, the white wine cultivars are planted on the cooler southern slopes and the red wine cultivars on the warmer western slopes. Now if this history does not make you excited then I can ensure you the wines will.

The Farm endeavors to uphold the philosophy as practiced at Saxenburg since 1989; “a wine is a place” and if you respect that place and its unique & exceptional terroir, you will produce world-class wines. Lead by example and innovate through efficiency. Remain true to the consistency in the quality of our wines. Saxenburg strives to be a leading South African producer of fine wines with a global footprint, known first and foremost for its Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc. Which you will experience immediately when tasting through the range.

In 1989 Adrien and his wife Birgit Bührer "whose family was in the wine business for five generations" purchased the farm and The Saxenburg Renaissance came. The aim was to make Saxenburg one of the most reputed South African wineries, both on a national and international platform. The wine Farm celebrated many awards born from this aim, double-gold Veritas, best Cabernet Sauvignon in the world with IWSC in 2007, Its consistent quality is brought out by several five-star listings in the John Platter Wine Guide and its selection by Wine Magazine as one of the top ten wine farms in the Cape. In 2015 two siblings of the second generation took over the reigns of the Estate intending to maintain the hard work done up to this point. Vincent Bührer and Fiona Bührer gives great consideration to the heritage and tradition, whilst bringing innovation and upholding the superior quality of the wines, through respect for the exceptional terroir at Saxenburg.

I am excited to share my wine moments with you and being blessed with access to some phenomenal vintage wines from the Saxenburg cellar, excitement can only grow. Just as the size of the bottles they are available in, so get in touch, and Let's Talk Somm!

Save the address in your address book and be sure to visit the tasting room Polkadraai Rd, Kuils River, Cape Town, 7579, call ahead tel:+27219036113 if you would love to make a booking at the tasting room or connect for a wine purchase to be prepared packed up, email If you love to shop from home, then this where you would browse and buy online. The farm's opening times are Monday - Friday from 09h00 - 17h00. Closed on Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays.

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May your visit to Saxenburg be as joyful as mine was, even if it's only virtual.

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