Vuurberg - Boutinot

Meet the Producer

Vuurberg (pronounced ‘Feer-berg’, translated to ‘Fire Mountain’) is a tiny garage-style winery nestled next door to Zorgvliet on the Helshoogte Pass that winds round the eastern face of the Simonsberg Mountain between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Bought by Dutchman Sebastiaan Klaassen in 2000, the estate produces just two wines, a red and a white.

These delightfully delicate wines are made by the very clever and super-talented winemaker Donovan Rall, who worked with Miles Mossop at Tokara and Eben Sadie before striking out on his own. Only very small quantities are produced but already the wines are getting rave reviews across the Cape and sit on the more interesting, less-predictable wine lists of the best contemporary Cape eateries.

A Note on Sustainability

Donovan Rall is the winemaker at the Vuurberg estate known for his hands off methods, renting the vineyards near Stellenbosch here to produce both the white and red Vuurberg. The farming is done sustainably and as “biological” as possible with very limited sprays - which is possible due to the strong winds in the area reducing disease pressure - though no official certifications have been undertaken. In the winery natural yeasts and very few if any additives are used bar a touch of sulphur.

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