Simonsig Wine Estate is synonymous with the history of the South African wine industry, the Stellenbosch wine region, and the Malan family name. These elements are intertwined in this family-owned farm, where the late Frans Malan produced the first bottle of Kaapse Vonkel – South Africaʼs first Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wine. He is also honoured for co-founding the thriving Stellenbosch Wine Route, a first in its time. Today, the second and third generation of the Malan family continue Frans’ legacy.
All About Simonsig
The vineyard soils in South Africa are the oldest vineyard soils in the world. The origin is ancient seabed that decomposed over millions of years called ‘Table Mountain sandstone’.
Ideally situated in Stellenbosch, where the Mediterranean climate and quintessential terroir intertwine, Simonsig cultivates 210 hectares of its own wine grapes. The Cape, with its mild Mediterranean climate, is similar to the South of France.
All the vineyards are under irrigation; vineyards range between 140 – 250 metres above sea level.
Since bottling the first wine under the Simonsig label in 1968, our wine making philosophy has been to preserve the grapes’ natural character in the bottle. The team gives each variety the treatment and care necessary to allow for optimum expression, allowing every wine to carry a fingerprint of uniqueness, excellence and consistent quality.
In addition to a commitment to sustainability, and responsibility for the land, Simonsig stand behind their community. Programs range from on-site childcare and after-school programs for employees’ children, and educational programs for nearby schools.