Founded in 1812, Remhoogte (Dutch for ‘Brake Heights’) is situated on the steep South Western slopes of the famous Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. Remhoogte’s history starts with the discovery, on the estate’s land, of one of the largest diamonds ever found. The diamond was named the Remhoogte and purchased by none other than the Queen of England. The diamond is now firmly set in the Queen’s crown and part of the history of the Commonwealth and the British link with South Africa.
It was the Remhootge diamond that changed the family’s trajectory, providing them with the initial capital to start their winemaking venture. This is a true family business now run by second generation brothers Chris – the estate’s winemaker – and Rob, who took over the running of the business from their parents Murray and Juliet Boustred.
The complex Remhoogte soils are over 250 million years old, some of the oldest of any wine region in the world, resulting in wines rich in character and authenticity with a unique sense of place. With the soils, slopes and terroir being perfectly suited for the production of top end red wines the focus is on Bordeaux varietals as well as South Africa’s own Pinotage. On the white wines the focus is on old Chenin Blanc vines, a variety that performs incredibly well in this region.