Kleinood – A beauty in front of a majestic scenery
In the year 2000, Gerard and Libby de Villiers discovered an old fruit farm in the shadow of the Helderberg. They immediately were entranced by the magic of this piece of earth and created the winery Kleinood. After many years of work a gem has been created in the true sense of the word. To ensure that this remains the case, the winery is committed to sustainability. The focus of the wines, which bear the name Tamboerskloof and are appreciated by critics as well as wine gourmets, lies on the grape variety Syrah.
- Founding year
- Kleinood Winery, Blaauwklippen Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
- 10 hectares
- Flagship wine
- Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah
- olive oil, garden
- Tasting Room
- Mon-Sat: 10:00 - 16:00 h
After his studies in Oenology at Stellenbosch University, Reynie Oosthuizen worked as Winemaker for different wineries before he came to Kleinood in September 2018. His goal in the production of wine is simple: Wine should be enjoyed and it should give you a sense of place. Therefore, it is important for Reynie to spent time in the vineyards. Creating a good wine is not all the accolades it carries on the bottle, but the bottle should be empty before all the other wines on the table. Reynie Oosthuizen loves to work with the grape variety Syrah and he appreciate its versatility and amazing nuances.
Kleinood - a gem in front of the breathtaking scenery of the Helderberg
In 2000, Gerard de Villiers and his wife Libby discovered a piece of land in Stellenbosch - and created the vineyard Kleinood (Afrikaans for Jewel) from a run-down fruit farm. Gerard is a passionate engineer and has already constructed several important wine cellars in South Africa. Of course, Gerard de Villiers himself designed and built the state of the art cellar of Kleinood. With the 10 hectare land he fulfilled a dream - his wife and he analysed soil and climate, planted native plants and planted 200 trees. The focused work and the long search for the right location for the vines have paid off: today, excellent Syrah grapes, supplemented by Viognier, grow here. The family winery produces four wonderful wines.
Kleinood wines are popular with critics and gourmets
The de Villiers family has a long tradition in South African wine-growing, as owner Gerard is a direct descendant of the Huguenot Jacob de Villiers, who came to South Africa in 1688. Like his ancestors, Gerard de Villiers did some pioneering work, as he and his family were the first to plant vines and make wine on Kleinood. The excellent result can be traced back to his precise analyses. He analysed well in advance until he found the perfect place for his vines. In addition to the Kleinood wine creations Tamboerskloof Syrah, Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah, De Herder, Tamboerskloof Katharien Rosé and Tamboerskloof Viognier, two hectares of olives are planted. Boerin extra virgin olive oil is made from the small fruits.
Kleinood focuses on sustainability in all areas
Environmental awareness is written big on Kleinood. The winery is a member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, uses ladybirds as natural pest controllers in the vineyard and installed solar panels on the roof of the wine cellar a few years ago to be able to use renewable energies. The labels on the Kleinood wines are also produced sustainably: They are made of recycled paper, printed with a wooden press, torn by hand and glued to the bottles. The labels bear the Kleinood logo: a sheep with a flag. The logo is reminiscent of the coat of arms of the de Villiers family.