Sun. Soil. Vine. Man.

Our Wine Philosophy

Since our first vintage, Haute Cabrière has specialised in the exploration of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.

wine philosophy
wine philosophy

Our wines are a true celebration of terroir – the marriage of sun, soil and vine – together with man’s passion and fearlessness.

Surrounded on three sides by mountains with varying soils and slopes, Franschhoek’s terroir is undoubtedly distinctive. At Haute Cabrière, we love thoughtful simplicity and so do not over manipulate fruit but follow gentle cellar practices to showcase our terroir. Combine this with a passion for innovation and colouring outside the lines and you end up with a range of quality wines from Franschhoek composed of pioneering blends and intriguing single varietals for you to enjoy.

Surrounded on three sides by mountains with varying soils and slopes, Franschhoek’s terroir is undoubtedly distinctive. At Haute Cabrière, we love thoughtful simplicity and so do not over manipulate fruit but follow gentle cellar practices to showcase our

terroir. Combine this with a passion for innovation and colouring outside the lines and you end up with a range of quality wines from Franschhoek composed of pioneering blends and intriguing single varietals for you to enjoy.

Haute Cabrière Wine Philosophy Franschhoek
Haute Cabrière Sundial in Franschhoek Illustration

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Sun

The Franschhoek Valley is surrounded by mountains on three sides and receives late morning and lingering evening sunlight.

This encourages slow and balanced ripening, leading to fruit-forward flavour profiles. A higher than average rainfall and a cooler temperature than neighbouring regions contributes minerality to flavour profiles.

Haute Cabrière Sundial in Franschhoek Illustration
Haute Cabrière Grape Vines & Winery in Franschhoek Illustration

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Soil

Our lower lying vines have sandy top layers and alluvial bottom layers, while the higher lying vineyards are rooted in Table Mountain sandstone at different stages of weathering.

Our top vineyards are, therefore, reminiscent of Burgundy and were the inspiration behind specialising in the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals.

Haute Cabrière View from Restaurant and Wine Tasting in Franschhoek Illustration

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Vine

30 hectares are under vine, strategically situated on the eastern and western slopes in the Franschhoek Valley.

Haute Cabrière View from Restaurant and Wine Tasting in Franschhoek Illustration
Haute Cabrière Wine Philosophy Illustration

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Man

Second-generation Cellar Master, Takuan von Arnim, continues to build upon the family legacy and pioneer new wines with the support of an exceptional cellar team.

meet the team

What’s inside the bottle has been described as liquid poetry. This makes our Cellar Team the poets, and we couldn’t be more excited to see what they create each year.

Under the leadership of Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim, and Winemaker Tim Hoek, the entire cellar team turns the work done in the vineyards into bottled artistry. These are the people who innovate, create and bring us the wines that we love to share around the table with family and friends.

Cellar master’s selection

A few of Takuan von Arnim’s recommendations for this month.

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Fan pick!

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Fan pick!

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Selection
Selection
Haute Cabrière Wine Glass Illustration

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