Meet Andri Hanekom

Passion, sincerity and dedication is where one would start when describing the defining traits of Bloemendal’s dynamic and talented winemaker, Andri Hanekom. With an extensive background in agricultural training, with viticulture at the forefront, Andri’s passion and understanding of wine truly starts at the root. During years of working as a viticulturalist for some of the Cape’s top wineries, Andri’s winemaking skills were nurtured and developed through mentorship by top winemakers Franscois Haasbroek and Thierry Haberer. Andri took over the reins at Bloemendal in 2017 as winemaker and wine estate general manager, where he has been pouring his passion and knowledge into each and every bottle of wine produced since, and scooping up a plethora of awards the process.

I select only 10% of the grapes on the estate to produce our award-winning wines

TERROIR

Bloemendal boast a diverse range of vineyards, each with its own soil and slop aspects. Ranging from the south facing slopes of Kanonkop to the north facing angles of Tierberg mountain, the immense diversity allows for the ultimate matching of cultivar to terroir, a very important advantage to an estate of 239 hectares, 128 of which are under vine.

Most of the deep red soils of the estate are heavy Hutton type. The rest are made up of Tukulu, Oakleave and Westleigh, which are deep, cool and well drained, yet with good water retention. This allows the vineyard to be cultivated with no irrigation, allowing nature to take its course and for the farm to conserve water in the process.

I am consistently experimenting with different growing styles and techniques in order to obtain the best possible wine from our vines

CLIMATE

Bloemendal Estate is situated within one of the coolest wine growing areas in the Cape, with the benefit of receiving little rain in the summer months. This cool character is not so much to do with the height above sea level, but rather the cooling south easter winds which blows off False Bay during summer, mostly in the late afternoon. These cold winds come sweeping over the contours of Tierberg and Kanonkop mountains, drenching the vineyards in cool, moist air – even on the hottest day. On the days the southeaster doesn’t blow, a westerly wind blows off the cold Atlantic, creating the same effect. Rainfall in the region is relatively low at around 400mm per year, but the deep, favourably structured soils absorb and efficiently retain water, ensuring an adequate water supply to the wines during the dry summer months.

VISIT OUR TASTING CENTRE

Spend the day at Bloemendal’s tasting centre where you can enjoy a bespoke selection of wines to taste, according to your preferences. Your wine flight will be served to you in the historic tasting room or on the lush terrace. The picturesque lawns and kids jungle gym provide the perfect setting to enjoy a chilled bottle or glass of your choosing, with snack platters and sushi available to order. We also offer a unique wine and ice cream pairing – and kiddies ‘wine’ tastings too!

TASTING HOURS
WINE TASTING

10am – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
11am – 3pm Sunday & Public Holidays
Closed on Mondays

winetasting@bloemendalwines.co.za

066 340 8392

BON AMIS

9am – 4pm Sunday to Wednesday
9am – 9h30pm Thursday to Saturday

info@bonamis.co.za

021 976 2682

BIOSPORT CYCLE TRACK

8am – 5pm Monday to Sunday
Closed on Public Holidays

shop@biosport.co.za

060 657 6344