OUR STORY

maps bloodlines and plot lines across a unique terroir:
where the soil speaks of heritage, home and superior wines.

OUR STORY
IS WRITTEN IN RICH SOIL

a piece of land 90 hectares wide and four generations deep.

OUR WINES

Landmark wines with a sense of place.

OUR STORY

maps bloodlines and plot lines across a unique terroir:
where the soil speaks of heritage, home and superior wines.

An ultra-premium wine made as a tribute to the pioneering work of 2nd generation owner and winemaker, David Conradie van Velden.

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Overgaauw wine

Our flagship blend consists of the “three hearts” of the Estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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Overgaauw wine - merlot

The Overgaauw Merlot 1982 was the maiden bottling of this cultivar in South Africa. To this day, it remains a classic expression of Merlot.

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Overgaauw wine

Still made from the original planting of Touriga Nacional in South Africa. A very accurate expression of this Portuguese cultivar.

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Overgaauw wine - sylvaner

Overgaauw remains the only producer of this Riesling family cultivar since 1971. One hectare of vines allows for a truly unique dry white wine experience.

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Overgaauw wine - souvignon blanc

Taking its name from Shepherd’s Cottage, the home of the last two generations of newlywed Van Veldens, this wine is an introduction to Overgaauw winemaking excellence.

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Overgaauw wine - shepherds cottage cabernet

Taking its name from Shepherd’s Cottage, the home of the last two generations of newlywed Van Veldens, this wine is an introduction to Overgaauw winemaking excellence.

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Overgaauw wine - port

Our Cape Vintage Port is made from 6 Portuguese cultivars, fortified with 3-year-old brandy spirits and matured for at least 20 years in the bottle before release. A truly remarkable wine.

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Terroir

“At Overgaauw, our enduring focus is to express a sense of place in all our wines and to increase the purity and accuracy of fruit in every bottle. This is what our unique terroir deserves – and I know it’s what the three generations before me would have expected as well.”

– David van Velden, fourth generation winemaker

Overgaauw is situated at altitudes of 100 to 220 metres above sea level, in the undulating landscape of Stellenbosch Kloof. The hillsides boast Hutton and Clovelly soils – deep, well-drained and weathered granite. The lower sites feature loamy, gravel soils. 20ha of vineyards are planted east to west and face south and south-west – towards the Atlantic Ocean just 15 km away. The ocean sends cool, afternoon breezes to curb extreme summer temperatures.

In the near distance, the Helderberg Mountain shelters vines from the Cape’s fierce South Easter gale – enabling the leaves to continue their work undisturbed. These distinct factors combine to produce grapes with high natural acidity; ensuring wines of backbone, balance and longevity.

Winemaking Philosophy

Our pioneering spirit and love of innovation are grounded in time-tested tradition and a respect for what came before. Heritage is not just a concept; it’s a soil, roots and fruit reality lived out daily on our century-old estate, a legacy-rich terroir worked by four generations of Van Veldens.

The original cellar was built in 1909 and forms the literal and symbolic landmark from which further renovations and expansion have developed. Original vats purchased by each of the first three generations remain features in the cellar – not just as majestic, 4 000-litre monuments to Overgaauw’s history, but also as functional vessels for wine maturation.

While our cellar is a source of great pride, ultimately, we believe that great wine is made in the vineyard. This means that we make wines best suited to the terroir, regardless of fluctuating market trends. A number of meticulous viticulture practices maintain the natural balance in the soil, optimising conditions for the highest quality of fruit, and ensuring that the varietals’ unique characteristics and flavour profile are expressed. Retaining this quality and character is the focus of cellar activities, with minimal manipulation employed.

We first explored the use of wood during the early 1970s – as one of the first Cape farms to use small, French oak barrels for the maturation of red wines. Our philosophy is based on the wood acting as a ‘frame’ for Overgaauw’s unique terroir and the cultivar paints the ‘picture’, never overpowering but adding dimension.