Clos Malverne Wine Estate & Restaurant owner, Seymour Pritchard, bought the 10-hectare farm, Malvern Heights, in 1969 from Colonel JW Billingham, who had named the farm after the rolling hills around Malvern in his native England.
When winemaking came into Seymour’s sights in the mid-1980’s, France was still the epicentre of the wine universe. He then added some “French Flair” to the name and changed it to Clos Malverne, due to the homestead on the farm being reminiscent of a Clos in France.
Clos Malverne is truly a family affair– a story of family; vision and commitment to the handcrafting of excellent wines.
Clos Malverne Wine Estate & Restaurant location
Shrouded in the misty veils of the Devon Valley, lies the 11 hectares that is Clos Malverne’s premises. The Devon Valley microclimate is the key to the quality of the grapes grown in this serene environment. Although the valley is shallow it acts as a natural receptacle for the mists that linger around Stellenbosch in the early morning hours of summer.
The valley is cooler than surrounding areas, significantly lengthening the ripening season, resulting in grapes of ideal ripeness.
Clos Malverne Wines
Clos Malverne practices a careful “handmade” style of winemaking, with minimum interference by the winemaking staff. We are one of only a handful of wineries in the world that remain true to the traditional and time-honoured way of using a Basket Press.
Basket pressing is one of the oldest methods of pressing grapes; the Ancient Greeks and Romans developed it, later perfected by the French, Basket presses were one of the earliest styles of a mechanical press, and using a basket press means that it is extremely time consuming the results are soft, elegant wines of great complexity.
Open fermenting cement “kuipe” are also used and their grape-skin caps are punched-down by hand.
The result – elegant wines, which are expressive of their terroir.
Experience more at Clos Malverne Wine Estate & Restaurant
A visit to the beautiful Clos Malverne is a must. Other than our award-winning wines, visit our popular restaurant with fresh, seasonal and easy contemporary cuisine with the most breath-taking view.
Clos Malverne Wine Estate Restaurant is located at Devon Valley Rd, Stellenbosch. Here is their location on Google Maps. For more information and bookings, call +27 (0) 21 865 2022 or email email@example.com or visit them online at closmalverne.co.za. Also follow them on Facebook HERE and on Instagram HERE.