Fynbos Estate covers 320 hectares, which is about the size of inner Cape Town. Of these 20 hectares are wine-grape vineyards and olive groves, 30 hectares are open farmland, and 270 hectares are granite mountain.
Being a working farm, visitors will always be able to see, and sometimes to participate, in one or another farming activity. There is the pruning of olive trees, harvesting of grapes, feeding of animals, clearing the mountain of aliens, and making of wine. Day and overnight winemaking events are available from (usually) late January to the end of February. Meeting the farmyard animals is a great treat for old and young, as is exploring the natural abundance of indigenous plant and animal life.
- Wander about the vineyards, walk or climb the mountain, or drive up Dragonridge in a high-clearance vehicle.
- Mountain bike in the general area, or (for the fit and experienced), up the mountain.
- Swim beneath Dragonridge or find a peaceful spot on the verandas or in the garden to relax.
- Arrange a wine tasting party to sample Dragonridge wines and wines of the Swartland area. Include a visit the winery to learn how wine is made and sample a glass directly from barrel.
- From late January to the end of February make wine with us. (Day and overnight packages.)
- Botanical Walking Tours for groups are available by prior arrangement.
- Browse in the farm shop where we sell Dragonridge Olive oil, various preserved produce, and Dragonridge wines.
- For adults and teens there is table tennis, a dartboard, boules and volley ball.
The Fynbos Farmyard has grown steadily over the years. Besides Sweetpi the elderly Staffie X Lab, and youngster Carl, the German Shepherd, there are two cats, Suzie Cream-cheese and Oz. In addition, various feathered and four-legged creatures have found their way here. Most precocious are our three donkeys, three Cameroon goats, two tame sheep, two Chinese geese, ducks and chickens. These characters provide much entertainment and are enjoyed by young and old.
Besides our grapes, we now have 900 olive trees, a lemon orchard, and numerous hives from which we get raw organic honey. The products we sell, apart from our wine, include a peppery European-style olive oil, bottled olives, red-wine vinegar, organic honey, and small quantities of limoncello.
We grow predominantly Rhone grape varieties, best suited to our (Rhone-like) conditions. We made 1,000 bottles of our first wine in 2004, and named our winery Dragonridge after one of the mountains on the farm. Over the years we have expanded our output to 12,000 bottles, and in 2012 moved the winery to the original 1850 cellar. Our methods of wine making are much as they were in the early 1900’s with as little interference as possible. This accords us membership of SIP (Swartland Independent Producers) who are fast gaining an international reputation. We make various reds, whites and a pink, as well as red and white blends. We also make a méthode ancestralé (Bubbly), Straw wine and Port.
Fynbos offers wine tastings, wine-blending and wine-making events, and we deliver wine free of charge to Cape Town and environs.