Alheit Vineyards

Alheit Vineyards

Tim Atkin’s Young Winemaker of the Year 2017

Demand for these wines always far outstrips supply

Chris Alheit is already a legend despite his young age. He and his equally young wife, Suzaan make some of the Cape's most exciting white wines with a strong focus on the origin of the grapes. Their main production is Chenin Blanc blended with small amounts of Semillon called Cartology. In addition, they also make a tiny quantity of two seaparate Chenin Blanc vineyard bottlings called Magnetic North Mountain Makstok and Radio Lazarus. Sadly the Radio Lazarus will not be made anymore because of the impact of three years of drought on the old vines. Demand for these wines always far outstrips supply and we are thrilled to have an allocation of the precious Cartology this past few years.

Fine wine is grown rather than made

 "We aim to vinify extraordinary Cape vineyards. In doing so, we hope to find the voice of the land itself. Whether that voice be a choir of amazing blocks blended into one bottle, or the purity and beauty of a single vineyard soloist. We strongly believe that fine wine is grown, rather than made. In our cellar, a vineyard is allowed to become a wine without interference."


Alheit Vineyards South Africa

About Kinnegar

Kinnegar Wines was born almost by accident and been growing organically since.

In 1998, I was in the midde of a two year diploma course with the London Wine & Spirits Trust when an opportunity came up to visit South Africa's Western Cape. Naturally, I was keen to avail of the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and winemaking in South Africa.

We had an excellent guide who brought us to a number of the Cape's leading estates including Thelema and De Trafford where we had in depth vineyard and cellars tours. At the end of the day, I wanted to take back some of the wonderful wines we had tasted for our own use. It was not possible to take two or three cases of wine with us on our flight and shipping such a small quantity was more than the cost of wines. So I had the mad idea of shipping a pallet! Clearly, I had to start selling these wines and so began Kinnegar Wines. Ashford Castle took many of the wines and continue to list them and newer arrivals ever since.

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