Simonsig – Master of the Cap Classiques
The long-standing winery Simonsig has been in the hands of Malan family for more than 300 years – a fact that makes the wines from this estate so very special. In 1971, Frans Malan was also one of the founder members of the first Wine Route in South Africa. This estate is inseparably linked with the Cap Classique because it was the first in South Africa to create this special sparkling wine. A visit to the estate would be incomplete without a sip of the finely effervescent, fruity Kaapse Vonkel.
- Founding year
- 1953, first wine 1968
- Simonsig Wine Estate, Kromme Rhee Road, Koelenhof 7605, South Africa
- 210 hectares
- Flagship wine
- Tiara Reserve
- Cellar Tours, Restaurant
- Tasting Room
- Sat-Wed and on public holidays: 10:00 - 17:00 h
- Thu-Fri: 10:00-18:00 h
Michael Malan and Danna de Jongh
Michael Malan is the third generation of the Malan family to work as winemakers – although it was not clear from the beginning that he would follow in the footsteps of his ancestors. Although Michael Malan grew up on the vineyard, the decision for viticulture was made during a stay in Italy. Back in South Africa, Michael studied viticulture at Stellenbosch University, gained experience at home and abroad and then joined Simonsig. Today, he is the winery's cellar master and responsible for the production of the red wines and the Chenin Blanc portfolio.
Danna de Jongh has been looking after the production of the white and sparkling wines since 2022. Danna grew up in Namibia and studied viticulture and oenology at the German Geisenheim University. After various stations in Germany, Austria, Portugal, the USA and South Africa, she came to Simonsig.
Simonsig for the Wine Lover
Simonsig wine stands for exceptional quality and excites wine lovers worldwide. The winemakers apply laborious cultivation methods at the wine slopes and use modern cellar technology to produce the best wine possible. They also make sure that a Simonsig wine reflects its terroir as well as the taste that is typical for the grape variety.
Simonsig Located Ideally
The winery Simonsig is located 45 kilometres away from Cape Town and belongs to the region Stellenbosch. This area counts as one of South Africa's best wine regions according to many experts; no other region's yard produces as many premium wines as they do here. This is not surprising, as Stellenbosch and therefore vineyards such as Simonsig benefit from the ideal location. Soils are full of minerals and supply the vines with precious nutrients due to sufficient rainfall, whilst the breeze from the Atlantic makes for the required cooling.
Simonsig Wine Relies on its Winemakers
A true Simonsig wine only becomes possible with the expertise of the winemakers. This is why the yard attaches great importance to highly trained winemakers and wine growers, who accompany the cultivation and maturing process of the wine with much love and knowledge.
Biodiversity & Wine Initiative at Simonsig
In order to ensure a sustainable handling with nature, Simonsig is part of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative. The winery grows a range of different grape varieties to have a great spectrum of plants in the region and to use the natural resources optimally. This is another example of the winemakers' expertise, who succeed in combining the different grape varieties every year - and this of a constant high quality. Additionally, Simonsig is active in preservation of native plants such as the Fynbos.