Kleinood – a gem at the majestic scenery of the Helderberg Mountains
In the year 2000, Gerard de Villiers and his wife Mrs Libby discovered a piece of land in Blaauwklippen valley - and they established the winery Kleinood (Africaans for gem) out of this down-and-out fruit farm. The new owners analyzed the soils and the climate, planted local plants and 200 trees. The long way to find the right location for the grape varieties was it worth: Today, the focus lies on Syrah, completed by Viognier. Besides, an olive grove extends over two hectares and provides the fruits for the Boerin Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Kleinood´s wines are loved by critics and gourmets
The family de Villiers has a long tradition in the wine industry because owner Gerard is a direct descendant of the Huguenot Jacob de Villiers, who came to South Africa in 1688. Like his ancestors, he did a pioneer work because he and his family were the first who has planted vines on this place. Gerard de Villiers, a passionate engineer, has designed and built the State of the Art Cellar of the winery on his own. Here, the four creations of Kleinood are produced. Both the critics and wine connoisseurs alike praised them and especially the Viognier and the Katharien Syrah Rosé are highly requested. With the name Tamboerskloof, the family reminscent to the suburb of Cape Town, where they lived for 25 years before they moved to the Winelands. On the other hand, the name reminds one of the guards, who were stationed on the viewpoints on the mountains and hills of the Cape peninsula in former times. When a ship came closer, this message was delivered from one position to another by means of the drums and was a signal for the farmers in the surrounding valleys to make their way to the harbour with their fruits and vegetables to provide the ships with provisions.
Kleinood is committed to sustainability in all areas
Environmental is very important for Kleinood. The winery is member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, ladybugs are employed as a natural pest control and solar panels were installed on the roof of the wine cellar a few years ago. The labels of the wines are made by hand out of recycled paper and are printed by an antique wooden press. On the back side a sheep is depicted that carries a flag, which also embellishes the logo of Kleinood – a memory of the family emblem of the Villiers