Agriculture in the Upper Blaauwklippen Valley can be traced back to 1694. In 2003, the Wraith family moved to the Western Cape from Gauteng and bought two adjacent farms. These two farms are now farmed as one Estate known as Keermont Vineyards. 2005 saw the start of a major vineyard planting program on lands that had been fallow for a number of years. We planted 21Ha over seven years to add to an existing 8Ha of older vineyards. Our official maiden vintage was 2007 and in 2010 a spring water bottling plant on Fleurfontein was converted into a fully functional winery complete with offices, tasting room, processing facilities and barrel rooms. A tight unit of nine people run Keermont Vineyards. All work, from tending the vines to packaging the bottles for final release, is carried out by this small team to ensure that the same attention to detail is followed throughout the wines’ production.
Estate Owner: Mark Wraith
Mark Wraith lives on the farm with his wife, Monica and their four children. Mark plays an active role on the farm ranging from strategic long-term planning, right down to tending to the vines. Pictured on the right.
Winemaker: Alex Starey
Alex Starey is in charge of the vineyards and of making the estate’s wines. Employed at the start of the redevelopment of the farm in 2005, he enjoys the responsibility of making sure that the vineyards deliver the highest-quality fruit to create the best possible wines. Alex studied Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University and graduated in 2002. He has travelled and worked in wine regions including Maipo Valley, Chile; Penedes and Priorat, Spain; St Emillion and Cote Rotie, France.
Quality over Quantity
Keermont Vineyards is a small family-owned boutique wine estate. The farm is situated in naturally-formed amphitheater in the mountains above Stellenbosch, South Africa. With a total of 30ha of vines, small parcels are harvested by hand and fermented separately in order to produce wines with complexity & depth. All grapes used in Keermont wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. They are fermented, matured and bottled in our winery, and they follow a natural and traditional winemaking philosophy. All the perfect ingredients to produce high quality wines.
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