The heart, the passion, the dedication, the soil and the elements
all contribute to the personality of our wines.
The spirit of the valley, its history and heritage, add to the unique
characteristics of our wine’s palate and nose.
The old, the young, our dreams….our wines.
The story of Esona is handwritten….
Esona… ‘The Very One’
Our Single Vineyard Wines
Our certified single vineyards are in the heart of the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley alongside the Breede River. Sauvignon Blanc single vineyards are positioned in our fertile sandy silt soil, 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.
Our current wines are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Frankly My Dear (rosé) and Chenin Blanc. Varietals that will be joining our collection soon include Pinot Noir, Grenache, Barbera, Sangiovese, Colombard and Mourvèdre.
Our dream is to produce high-quality wine and release a maximum of 2000 bottles of each cultivar.
The Story of Esona
Purchased Groenland Farm
Planted Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay vines
Demolished house & built another
Renovated staff homes with running water, showers & toilets
Bottled & launched Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay & Shiraz
Renovated Esona's Old Cellar & Caryl's Bistro
Planted Grenache & Mourvèdre vines
First wines made & bottled on the Esona farm
Certified as Estate
The Story Continues...
Our close-knit team of farm workers
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.
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 and Caryl, are passionate about developing people. Through their Skills Development Fund, more than 200 individuals are funded.
In the Robertson Wine Valley, Esona sponsors, amongst others, learner winemakers, chefs and management courses.