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Capensis - for love of Chardonnay

One of the leading producers of world-class Chardonnay – that's what Capensis in Stellenbosch stands for. Capensis – which means "from the Cape" – produces high-calibre Chardonnays that expressively reflect their terroir. The labels also artfully show the connection to South African tradition by combining characteristic symbols of the country, including the protea.

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Vineyards Facts

Founding year
8 hectares
Flagship wine
Capensis Chardonnay
Tasting Room (opening hours): Only possible by appointment at these times: Mon-Sat: 10:00-15:00

Graham Weerts

Graham Weerts is a true Cape Town native, he spent his childhood here and started his career as a winemaker, which was already marked by his love for nature. In 1996 he graduated from Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch with a degree in viticulture and fruit growing. Already during his time as assistant winemaker at Mulderbosch Vineyards Graham worked with the grape variety Chardonnay. His path then led him to Bordeaux and California, but also back again and again to his homeland, because Graham is convinced of the potential that South Africa has: "The strong motivation to put my birthplace at the top of the wine world draws me back to the Western Cape".

South Africa
White Wine
Capensis Chardonnay 2017

Content: 0.75 Liter (€122.67* / 1 Liter)

Information on food labelling
and Ingredients can be found here

Capensis - South Africa in the heart

The artfully curved Capensis logo not only looks great with its ornate, fine lines, but also conceals four indigenous symbols of South Africa and thus the home of the winery. The head of the springbok - South Africa's national animal - can be recognised on the far left. The graceful antelope symbolises strength and athleticism, which is also reflected in the character of the Capensis wines. The same also applies to the marula tree, which symbolises hospitality and fertility, which can be perfectly applied to the winery as such and the grapes from the wine-growing region. The tree is known for its multifunction. Its fruit and nuts are used as food, its wood for carving and its bark for colouring. The large, magnificent trees are either male or female and the African Venda people believe that if a woman drinks an infusion of the bark of a male tree, she will give birth to a boy and vice versa. In the centre of the logo are beautiful flowers representing the king protea - the national flower of South Africa. It belongs to a 140 million year old plant family and has a diverse appearance, which is why it was named after the sea god Proteus. The last indigenous symbol can be found in the shape of the label. This was inspired by the Zulu shield and stands for strength and nobility and can symbolically be understood as the noble drop of Capensis wines.

Make three from two

Unlike most wineries, Capensis is a joint venture between two independent wineries: Graham Beck and Jackson Family Wines. The owners Antony Beck and Barbara Banke have joined forces to specialise in the first-class and globally recognised Chardonnay grape variety. For this reason, the Capensis portfolio consists of three different Chardonnay wines. The Capensis Fijnbosch, which delights the palate with flavours of brioche, mandarin and lime, the flagship Capensis Chardonnay, which is elegant and above all expressive, and finally the Capensis Silene, which has already been awarded several vintages with the best performance of the renowned wine connoisseur John Platter. This is excellent proof of quality and great Chardonnay.

Capensis - Variety from the Cape

Capensis, which incidentally means "from the Cape", is situated on the high Fijnbosch vineyard in the Banghoek Valley of Stellenbosch and offers remarkable and diverse wine-growing potential for the estate's main grape variety. Chardonnay is a vine that reflects not its variety, but its terrior, and as a result the winery utilises five different wine growing areas in the four regions of Stellenbosch, Robertson, Overberg and Klein Karoo. Each of these areas has a different effect on the grapes and therefore contribute to the different characteristics of the wine and make the Chardonnays from Capensis so irresistible.