Our Philosophy

At Oude Denneboom we focus on the creation of a biologically sound environment, with minimum intervention into the natural processes.

We don’t see ourselves as owners, but as custodians of the land.

Only to be used and improved for the next generation.

We believe that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. And in doing so, we are driving our way of farming to be more sustainable and ecologically sound.

We also take social responsibility very seriously and have therefor also been IPW and Wieta certified.


Our viticulture practices seek to maximize the expression of the unique terroir of the different vineyards.

All the vines are trellised and irrigated on a supplementary basis. Pruning in Winter and suckering in Summer are done by hand in order to ensure balanced growth, with minimal interference. The warm days and cool nights allow the vines to gradually colour and achieve optimum ripeness. All unsuitable bunches are removed before harvest, so that only the best grapes are left on the vines.

We believe in the power of terroir and strive to produce wines which are not only a true expression of the varietal character, but also reflect the specific terroir of its location.


Before 1996 there were only Cinsaut, Riesling and Hanepoot grapes, but during that year and after extensive research, the first new vines were planted. During the following years, Shiraz, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre were added with great success. Today, the vineyards also include Nouvelle, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.

Although most of the grapes are sold to Boland Wine Cellar, some of the best and most exceptional grapes are used to make our own wines. These are sold through the wine company Kaapse Familie Wingerde.

Special rows in specific vineyards are identified for certain wines. The grapes are then harvested at the optimum ripeness for the specific wine that we want to make. The grapes are gently destalked and crushed by hand, to ensure absolute attention to detail. Through minimal interference the wines will allow the terrior and climate to fully express themselves.

“The best wines can also only be made by the best grapes.“