The vision at Gabriëlskloof is to produce fine wines that reflect the complexity, richness and diversity of our unique terroir. We strive to do this in the most environmentally friendly way possible, showing respect for our region’s biodiversity at all times.
Our soils do not allow for high yields and all the vineyards on the property have been tended to with the utmost care since day one. All vineyard work is done by hand and sustainability takes precedence in every decision made in the vineyard, as is reflected by our status as a Biodiversity and Wine Champion.
Gabriëlskloof is the realisation of a dream for South African Bernhard Heyns, who searched for several years to find the unique piece of land that, in his words, would “root him to the spot”. In 2001 he found what was then a canola farm named ‘Avontuur’ and the penny dropped. It was soon obvious that the site had the potential to make high-quality wines with a distinctive character, and so it has proved. Gabrielskloof has been owned and run by the Heyns family ever since. That family has since grown to include members of the local community, several of whom have risen through the ranks to senior positions at the farm.
Engaging with and being a part of uplifting our local community is the driving force behind our employment approach and the farm has both been part of and initiated several local upliftment programs in the vicinity. The arrival of Peter-Allan Finlayson as cellar master in 2014 has ushered in a new and exciting era for the farm, notably with the Landscape Series and Projects Range, wines from which have routinely featured in critic’s choice awards in recent years.
Samantha Adams has been with Gabriëlskloof from day one, almost 20 years ago. She began as a cleaner and now, having spent time working harvests in Burgundy, works in the cellar playing a vital role in the winemaking process.