MONTAGU WINE & SPIRITS
Home of the original Montagu Muscadel
The recipe of the original Montagu Muscadel dates back to the 1930’s when the first Montagu Muscadel was made by the Brink Brothers. The winemaker then at Brink Brothers, Knox Davies, became the first winemaker of Soetwyn Boere Koöperatief (Sweet wine Farmer’s Co-operative) and established this winery as the leader in the production of muscadel in Montagu. This winery stood the test of time, though under different names.
In 2010, the Uitvlucht Winery as it was known by then, amalgamated with the Rietrivier Winery, 20km out of town in the direction of Barrydale, to become Montagu Wine and Spirits.
Through history, the aim of this winery was to keep up with trends and produce wine for ultimate enjoyment and this is reflected in our colourful, trendsetting labels.
Somewhat 70 producers supply the grapes for the production of the wines with the furthest two 60km apart. The vineyards are situated from 400 to 700m above sea level. The KOO region is the highest region and get so cold that it snows in wintertime.
Due to the hilly and sometimes mountainous terroir, the viticulturists have a variety of slopes to choose from when considering the best location for specific cultivars. A variety of mesoclimates can be identified ranging from secluded areas high up in the mountains to the lower riverbeds in the valleys.
This gives the opportunity to produce excellent wines, ranging from Sauvignon Blanc in the higher areas to Muscadel (Muscat d’ Frontignan) in the fertile riverbeds. The daily winds in the afternoon ensures good air circulation, prevents high relative humidity and excessively high temperatures from developing in vine canopies.
All of this contributes to the optimal environment for physiological ripening of grapes and for the synthesis of colour, flavour and aroma compounds. This diversity of climate, topography and terroir ensure that the cellar can choose from a vast array of grape styles and quality to make the wines for ultimate enjoyment.
MEET THE WINEMAKER
Alwyn Burger is a winemaker at Montagu Wine & Spirits Company. He was born and raised between the vineyards on a farm in Montagu. He was the winemaker at Calitzdorp Wine Cellar before he joined the team at MWSC.
His favourite wine from the cellar
He loves wine. For every event there is a good wine – white, red, sweet – so long it is enjoyed. His wife, Dalena, is a good cook and they love to drink the red wines from the cellar during mealtimes.
More about Alwyn
He loves his Labrador Retrievers, is a mountain biker, enjoys to tour with friends, likes to take photographs and camping in the veldt.
MEET THE MWS TEAM
Mondays to Fridays: 9:00 – 16:45
Saturdays and Public Holidays: 9:00 -12:45
98 Bath Street, Montagu 6720
on Route 62
33°47’50” S 20°07’82” E
Tel: +27 23 614 1340
Fax: +27 86 556 1340
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