Although the farm was established as early as 1693, current owners Johnny and Ginny Grieve have done some serious reorganizing in the vineyards and built a state-of-the-art cellar, which is dug into a dry riverbed. Avondale started producing wines only in 1999, making it one of the newer kids on the block. No matter. The winery hit the ground running, and its wines win one award after another. The reds are especially good, and the intense Paarl summers result in full-bodied grapes that deliver knockout flavors. Be sure to try the Armilla Blanc de Blanc 2009, a rich wine with a balance of hazelnut bread, fresh quince, and gardenia flavors. The Grieves are also farming as biodynamically as possible, and Avondale is now registered as biodiversity-compliant by South African authorities. Great care is taken to maintain top-quality soil, and no pesticides or herbicides are used. If you're interested in the wine-making process, book an Eco Tour (R200) and visit Avondale's state-of-the-art gravity-flow cellar, constructed three stories underground. Many farms have absent owners, but the Grieve family takes a hands-on approach here. The casually dressed guy behind the wine-tasting counter is, in all likelihood, the owner.