Our Story

Our certified single vineyards are in the heart of the beautiful Robertson Valley alongside the Breede River. The vineyards are positioned in our fertile sandy silt soil, ideal for cultivating our premium wines.

Our Founders

The Couple Behind The Wine

“Our certified single vineyards are in the heart of the beautiful Robertson Valley alongside the Breede River in the Western Cape, South Africa.

The vineyards are positioned in sandy silt soil, ideal for cultivating our premium wines. The upper soil is deep loam enriched with lime.

Come for the taste. Stay for the lifestyle. Discover plenty of wine.”

Rowan & Caryl

The Beginning

What started off once as a vegetable farm, was transformed into Esona, the boutique estate surrounding all things wine that it is today. Over the years,  it has become a place to escape and admire the valley – and sometimes even remind you that it’s the simple things in life that are the finest.

The Vines

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 Varietals

Our current wines are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Frankly My Dear (Rosé), Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Grenache, Colombar, Barbera, Sangiovese, Mourvèdre and Viognier.

quality over quantity

Our dream is to produce high-quality wine and release a maximum of 1500 bottles of each varietal.


The Man Behind The

Great Wines

Rowan Beattie, the owner alongside Caryl, has a passion for growing not only the finest grapes but everyone he surrounds himself with – from staff, friends, to suppliers.

What started off with humble beginnings has now flourished into not just a wine farm, but a family.

“Together, We Grow”

The 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 farmworkers. 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. The 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.

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