When Jeremy started his wine business, purchasing grapes instead of owning vineyards was seen as rather innovative and an unusual winemaking practice. He was prompted to establish a brand of wine made from bought-in grapes by his friend and winemaker Neil Ellis, who is recognized as the first vintner of the modern era in SA.
This freedom allowed Jeremy to source some of the best fruit from prime vineyards in the Stellenbosch region for the production of the early vintages of Grangehurst wines.
In 2000, in partnership with John Hill, Jeremy bought a 13-hectare farm called Sunset Vineyard. Then in 2002, after doing the necessary research and soil preparation, they planted 6 hectares of the classic Bordeaux variety Cabernet Sauvignon.
Since the 2005 vintage the Sunset Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, together with Pinotage, Merlot, Shiraz and Petit Verdot from prime vineyards in the Stellenbosch region, have provided the winery with the grapes required to produce our range of classically styled red wines and a dry rosé.
The age of these vineyards varies from about 10 to 35 years. The vines are grown as bush vines as well as trellised vineyards, and grow in soils that vary from the sandy, gravelly soils of Firgrove, the red-to-yellow Hutton and Clovelly soils of the Helderberg, to the deep, high potential yellow-brown Tukulu and red/yellow-brown Oakleaf soils of Sunset Vineyard.
The climate in the “coastal region” of Stellenbosch is similar to the Mediterranean climate of some of the great vineyards of Europe as well as certain parts of California, Chile, and Australia. Within the region of Stellenbosch, one also finds varying microclimates, specific to each vineyard. These microclimates are influenced by the proximity to the ocean, as well as the altitudes and aspects of the individual sites.
The variations in location, soil, microclimate and vineyard practices contribute to the complexity and fascination of our wines. The tasting and blending of the wines from the different vineyards are one of the most interesting aspects of our winemaking process.