Back in time …

Springfontein’s history dates back to ……….

Springfontein as a wine estate has been started 24 years ago by German Johst Weber from the scratch on the grounds of an old but uncultivated homonymous farm named after the strong (Afrikaans: “spring”, like “springbok”) spring (Afrikaans: “fontein”) which is still very rich providing us with the little irrigation water we sometimes add to the vineyards. It was clear, and the challenge Johst was looking for, that it would only make sense to grow and make wine in a particular area if this area features a particular and unique terroir. However, Johst’s first encounter with some guys from the country’s wine establishment let them clap him on his shoulders asking “are you the maniac trying to grow some vinegar over there ?”.

Back in time …

Springfontein’s history dates back to ……….

Springfontein as a wine estate has been started 24 years ago by German Johst Weber from the scratch on the grounds of an old but uncultivated homonymous farm named after the strong (Afrikaans: “spring”, like “springbok”) spring (Afrikaans: “fontein”) which is still very rich providing us with the little irrigation water we sometimes add to the vineyards. It was clear, and the challenge Johst was looking for, that it would only make sense to grow and make wine in a particular area if this area features a particular and unique terroir. However, Johst’s first encounter with some guys from the country’s wine establishment let them clap him on his shoulders asking “are you the maniac trying to grow some vinegar over there ?”.

It was in 1994 …

… when Johst Weber came across the advert for a piece of land in South Africa in the Decanter magazine at the London airport. Farms in the more established areas were too pricey and even though the area just outside Stanford was not a known wine-growing area of any note (although estates in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley nearby were already very highly regarded) he gave the project a chance.

So, in 1995, he bought Springfontein with a group of friends, retaining the majority share. But that was only when the actual work started.

A long way to go …

Soon after buying the property the actual work began.

Up until this point the farm was occupied by a few cows and goats, and a solitary old man. The rest was wilderness, but there was a productive spring and a limestone ridge ran through the property which made it ideal for vines. So for a period of three years old buildings were restored, new buildings were built and the land itself was developed for agircultural use.

With many helping hands, the first vines were planted in 1998.

A long way to go …

Soon after buying the property the actual work began.

Up until this point the farm was occupied by a few cows and goats, and a solitary old man. The rest was wilderness, but there was a productive spring and a limestone ridge ran through the property which made it ideal for vines. So for a period of three years old buildings were restored, new buildings were built and the land itself was developed for agircultural use.

With many helping hands, the first vines were planted in 1998.

And we kept on going …

For the following years, and still today, the land undergoes a constant development process. After the winery was built in xxx, it got expanded twice. Also, several self accomodation guest cottages, tourist amentities and homesteads for the Springfontein workforce were built. Later, even two restaurants followed. In xxx Tariro Masayiti and his wife Hildegard Witbooi joined the Springfontein team and started a new exiting chapter.

Where are we today?

Nevertheless, underdogs as we are, having started in the middle of nowhere the vinegar venture as described before, Springfontein has be awarded as the country’s second best winery of all those recently having lined up for the country’s highest renowned and most prestigious Old Mutual Trophy competition.

We have come a long way since our beginnings in 1994. It was a long and hard road, however, today we are proud to present to you our achievements.

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