OUR SINGLE VINEYARD WINES
Our certified single vineyards are located in the heart of the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley alongside the Breede River. The valley lies between the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges with the Breede River running through the heart of the valley as a living vein. As time passed, the soil sedimented from the mountains and ‘Karoo’ hills down to the river. This resulted in diverse soils creating unique sites for our vineyards.
Sauvignon Blanc single vineyards are positioned in our fertile sandy silt soil alongside the river, ideal for cultivating our premium Sauvignon Blanc wine. The upper soil is deep loam enriched with lime, allowing good drainage yet retaining moisture. This is perfect for our premium Shiraz, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. The Bonnievale canal system meanders through the farm and separates these extreme soils, resulting in the diversity of earth types.
The vines are planted north to south enabling them to receive all-day sun, while the south winds from the coast 150km away help to cool the vineyards during the hot summers.
The influence of the sun, rain, soil and wind (terroir), together with the skills of the winemaker, result in our full bodied Esona Boutique Wine which will mature and mellow for up to 10 years after bottling.
We have limited quantities of wooded Chenin Blanc to be released early 2018. Pinot Noir will be released mid-2018. In 2016 we planted Grenache and Mourvèrdre. Our plans for 2018 are to plant Barbera, Sangiovese and Pinotage in the fertile sandy slit soil alongside the river.
Our dream is to produce high quality release-maximum 2000 bottles of each cultivar.
At Esona we take a hands-on approach when it comes to the fair and ethical treatment of our close-knit team of farm workers. When we purchased the land, we invested in better living conditions for our staff, renovating comfortable cottages for them and their families on-site. We also installed solar water cylinders to reduce their cost of living as well as their impact on the environment.
In order to provide our team with better food security and an additional source of income, we have set aside some land for them to grow their own fresh produce. This produce is sold locally and our farm workers keep 100% of the profits.
The owners, Rowan & Caryl, are fanatical about developing people. Through the Skills Development Fund of Pyrotec, a company owned by the Beattie family, with head office in Cape Town, more than 200 individuals are getting tuition in all spheres of life. In the Robertson Wine Valley, Pyrotec sponsors, amongst others, learner winemakers, chef and management courses.
OUR WINE RANGE
It’s rustic, it’s original and it’s old…Esona Old Cellar with its underground fermentation tanks (kuips) takes you back into the bygone years of wine making…
It is amazing to think that many years ago our ancestors used a very different technique to ferment wine and brandy. And it happened right here at Esona.
In the early days of winemaking, they dug into the ground and built cement cisterns by using river stones found from the Breede River just 200 meters away from our Old Cellar.
During those times they made use of donkey’s to carry these stones up the hill. The main reason for building kuips was to provide darkness and constant temperature.
Old Cellar tasting hours
09h00 – 17h00 (Monday – Friday)
10h00 – 16h00 (Saturdays & Public Holidays)
Closed on Christmas & New Year’s Day.
Standard Tastings – two vintages in Riedel glasses
Vintages: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz.
No bookings required.
Unique wine tasting experience in candlelit ‘kuip’.
Compare two vintages of our single vineyard limited release wines; Sauvignon Blanc – Chardonnay – Shiraz
Compare ordinary wine glasses (jokers) to grape specific crystal glasses (RIEDEL). Pairing of wine, fruit preserves, chocolate, music and art.
Tastings & Pairing
Wine & confectionery pairing experience
A bottle or glass (125ml) of your chosen wine and a choice of confectionery.
Our upstairs bistro has a small but enticing menu that focuses on supporting local products for our platters and sandwiches. It also has a large deck surrounded by vineyards and overlooking the Breede River with views to the distant mountains. Our standard tastings are done on the deck or inside in front of our fire on cold days.
TASTE OF AFRICA
Taste of Africa is an intimate, one-of-a-kind dining experience that we offer on a seasonal basis, often during Robertson Wine Valley festivals. It begins with our unique Taste-the-Difference experience in the candle-lit wine cellar, where Esona wines are served in RIEDEL crystal glasses and paired with local preserves and chocolate. This is followed by a 3-course, home-cooked dinner infused with African flavours at our intimate eatery, Caryl’s Deli.
Caryl’s Deli at Esona – recently announced as a KLINK AWARD Nominee for the BEST DELI on a Wine Farm – serves delicious food made with local ingredients. Guests are welcome to linger over their meal on Caryl’s large veranda with spectacular vineyard and Breede River views. Alternatively, you can order a picnic basket packed with deli goodies paired with Esona wine, and enjoy it on our grass area, which also has panoramic views
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"In everything they do, Esona incorporates a dedicated, hands-on approach, thereby ensuring that the finest quality, intimacy and care permeate throughout their beautiful, single vineyard wines, as much as the delicious platter-style foods sold at Caryl’s Deli."...
"This single-vineyard boutique winery – owned by husband-and-wife team Rowan and Caryl Beattie – lies nestled between Bonnievale and Robertson, alongside the beautiful Breede River. A sense of intimacy, warmth and quiet pride flows from the restored earth...
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"We then all joyfully set off to our next stop for the day Esona. Esona really surprised me as I expected it to be more of a quaint boutique style wine tasting venue but it actually has so much to offer and the fun, happy energy reverberates through each level of...
"Quite possibly my favourite wine estate of all, esona Boutique Wine (esona is Xhosa for The Very One), you stroll through the vines to the beautiful 95-year-old building which was constructed for the sole purpose of fermenting wine in cement tanks (kuips)....
"When one speaks of the internationally-renown Cape Winelands, the leafy, winemaking towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek tend to dominate the limelight. Yet, two-hours outside of the city lies a pristine valley, where winemaking tradition, history, culture, and...
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Esona Boutique Wine/Caryl’s Deli: 076 343 5833
GPS: -33° 54′ 14.60″, +20° 0′ 41.19″
Route R317 between Robertson and Bonnievale, Robertson/Bonnievale, 6705
Emergencies: Rowan: 082 417 5362 ; Caryl: 082 417 5363