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Nederburg

Nederburg

Nederburg was established in 1791 by Philippus Wolvaart who was granted 49 hectares of land near Paarl by the Dutch East India Company, administrators of the Cape, which at the time was a Dutch colony. He developed a flourishing farm and built a gracious homestead in 1800 that sadly his wife did not live to see completed. He sold the farm in 1810 to the Retief family in whose possession it remained for seven decades. The property changed hands several times until it was purchased in 1937 by a viticulturist, brewer and tea specialist, Johann Georg Graue. He was to revolutionise wine-growing and winemaking at Nederburg and to pioneer many important changes that impacted the entire South African wine industry. Not only did he understand the relationship between fine fruit and fine wine, he also introduced new technology, such as cold fermentation to promote wine quality. His initiatives resulted in many prizes for Nederburg, a tradition continued by his son, Arnold, whose life was cut tragically short in an air crash in 1953. Graue looked to Germany for a replacement and was lucky enough to find an exceptionally talented young winemaker in Günter Brözel, appointed in 1956. He accelerated Nederburg's prize-winning prowess. During his 33 years at the farm he introduced many exciting innovations, including noble late harvest wines. His legendary dessert wine, Edelkeur was released at the inaugural Nederburg Auction of Rare Cape wines in 1975 and is still offered exclusively through this channel. He was the first person in South Africa to win the coveted International Wine & Spirit Competition's Robert Mondavi International Winemaker of the Year Award in 1985. Nederburg's current cellarmaster, Razvan Macici, appointed in 2001 and his team have continued the prize-winning legacy on local and international platforms. In 2009 Nederburg was judged the most successful producer on the prestigious Old Mutual Trophy Show (also in 2008), earned two five-star ratings in the Platter's South African Wine Guide, came away with the top score in France's Syrah du Monde, was in the top 10 of the Muscats du Monde, also in France, and won two trophies on the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
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