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Haute Cabrière’s Story
Our commitment to family, quality and innovation has resulted in a name known as much for the warm and welcoming atmosphere as for the iconic red and white crest of our founding family.
Founded on the values of family, community and sharing, the von Arnim family of Haute Cabrière has been artfully harnessing the unique terroir (sun, soil and vine conditions) of the Franschhoek Valley since the property was bought in 1982.
Home of Pierre Jourdan
Our farm was established in the Franschhoek Valley in 1694 by French Huguenot, Pierre Jourdan.
Custom in the Champagne Valley of France dictates that champagne created from the vines of the land is named after the landowner. True to this tradition, founder of Haute Cabrière, Achim von Arnim, named the first range of exceptional Cap Classique wines Pierre Jourdan after the original landowner.
This range remains the perfect ode to the original owner in South Africa’s ‘French Corner’, Franschhoek. Our portfolio has since grown to include two more beloved wine ranges, Haute Cabrière, housing the iconic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and our Haute Collection, our maverick collection of site-specific wines.
With roots that extend deep into not only the soils but also the community of Franschhoek, we hope to grow the legacy of Pierre Jourdan in all that we do and be a winery of which our community and valley are exceptionally proud.
40 years ago, when I first discovered the charm of the village, she was like a sleeping beauty waiting to be awoken. I believe that with the creation of our first bottle of wine, the Pierre Jourdan Brut, we did just that, allowing all to meet and enjoy the awe of Franschhoek.
Achim von Arnim, Founder & Patron
THE VON ARNIM FAMILY
Of German descent, the von Arnims are renowned for their pioneering spirit and innovative approach to winemaking.
Head of the family, Achim von Arnim, was amongst the first Cap Classique creators in South Africa and was the very first to consider creating a still wine from traditional champagne varietals. His vision resulted in the now iconic Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir still blend.
Second generation Cellar Master, Takuan von Arnim, continues to grow the family legacy with a passion and respect for the winery’s heritage, integrity and spirit of innovation.
Under his guidance, Haute Cabrière continues to be a part of many wine lovers’ most cherished memories.
The von Arnims’ fingerprints can be found throughout every part of the winery. Explore Achim’s extensive collection of his own art that is on display in the cellar, restaurant and tasting room.
Pop in for a Friday lunch where Takuan is sure to be welcoming guests and enjoying a glass of wine with friends. Take home jams and treats from the deli, some of which have been created from family recipes passed down through generations.
Haute Cabrière is a true family affair, and everyone is invited!
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