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Introducing De Toren Délicate in its Stunning New Packaging...

In South Africa, the month of September is synonymous with Spring and everything this season symbolises, including new beginnings... And speaking of which, we are delighted to officially announce the brand new and striking new packaging of our famed De Toren Délicate! This...

Winemaker Charles on Aspiring Towards a Sustainable Future...

"We have not inherited the earth from our fathers. We have borrowed it from our children." -Lester R. Brown, American Environmental Analyst- Most recently, I came across this very striking quote which resonated quite strongly with me. To be honest, I could not have phrased it any better...

New Year, New Beginnings...

The year 2017 marks the very first year of De Toren Private Cellar’s three year organic conversion period. For a few years already, we have been hard at work behind the scenes, with immense amounts of research. All in preparation for the commencement of this new methodology to ensure a...

Winemaker Charles on De Toren's Drought Strategy

The year 2017 marks the third consecutive winter that the Western Cape of South Africa has had below average rainfall. Even though De Toren, as a producer of top quality wines, uses significantly less water compared to more commercial wineries, the effect of this drought is long term and the only...

Assistant Winemaker Martin, shares the importance of barrel work in the cellar

To understand the method of ageing wine in barrels, it is important to comprehend the work and science that goes into the selection and preparation of wine barrels before they are filled with wine. This includes the crucial behind the scenes work that goes on in the cellar to make this all...

Winemaker Charles, on the protection of our biggest asset

At De Toren Private Cellar, we pride ourselves on meticulous attention to detail, every step of the way. In this article, Charles shares his approach to protecting the integrity of the vineyards to ensure its long-term sustainability, quality and style of wine. As producers of premium and...

A time to reflect on the past 18 years

Spring 2016 marks the 18th vintage that we, the De Toren winemaking team, have been pursuing our dream and daily passion for crafting some of the world's finest wines. De Toren started with a singular wine, one born from a vision to reflect our unique terroir through a fusion, i.e. a blend of...

Water, our most valuable commodity

In the De Toren vineyards, water is probably the most valuable and prized commodity. The reason for this is that through means of skilful application of this, these days scarce commodity, has a huge impact on the grape and in essence, wine quality. At De Toren, we use a few, sensibly...

A great wine reveals a sense of place...

Soil. Life-giving, ancient, site specific and highly variable are just some descriptors one can use when describing soil. Our unique soils at De Toren are arguably our most important resource in producing quality grapes for the production of our site specific wines. The coastal regions of...

The reason behind sowing cover crop in winter

Mother Nature took pity on us this year when she decided to bless us with solid soaking of rain in the third week of April. The heavens opened on the 22nd of April and, cumulatively over two days, dropped a glorious 48 mm of rain on our thirsty vineyards. In comparison to what little rain fell in...

Crafting Wine With Delicate Hands On Technique

The process of fermentation converts grape juice into an alcoholic medium called "must", while at the same time extracting colour pigments and tannins from the skins. Once the wine has completed fermentation, the winemaker will separate the free run juice from the skins. Just as a saturated...

Achieving Greatness with Sacrifice

Mother Nature has shown us very little mercy for the 2015/2016 growing season. We experienced some unseasonably warm temperatures in January which kept us on our toes in terms of how we manage our precious vineyards at De Toren. Not only have we had the heat to contend with but we are faced with...

Mastering Merlot

Mastering Merlot by Charles Williams, Winemaker If one takes a closer look at the cultivar Merlot, it is easy to see why it has such a big "Love me or hate me" following around the world. Merlot is a cultivar that is easily cultivated, has a medium to higher growth potential and can be a...

Cover Crops

Cover Crops By Charles Williams (Winemaker) As winegrowers we are very dependent on nature for our livelihood. The observation and study of nature never fails to amaze, breeding a thorough respect and love for these biological systems. As custodians of the ground, we need to apply...

Barrels & Wine Part I & 2

Barrels & Wine Part I By Charles Williams (Winemaker) Barrels play an instrumental (although supporting role) in crafting complex, well rounded and integrated wines. First and foremost, it is important to remember that great wine is made from beautiful grapes, and that the final product...

Picking for Perfection Part I

Picking for Perfection - Part I By Charles Williams (Winemaker) One of the biggest considerations towards wine style, and contributors to grape and wine quality, is the moment at which you decide to harvest the grapes. When I think about the best wines I have ever tasted from all over the...

Picking for Perfection Part II

Picking for Perfection - Part II By Charles Williams (Winemaker) Although the final decision is always based on taste, there are however a few scientific processes that are running in the background, constantly feeding us necessary information to take into consideration to make the best...