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Haute Cabrière

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Published 05/20/2009

Fodor's Review

Built in 1994 on the lower slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, Haute Cabrière is the brainchild of Achim von Arnim, one of the Cape's most colorful winemakers. To avoid scarring the mountain, the complex, which includes the fine Haute Cabrière restaurant and terrace, hunkers into the hillside. There are three Cap Classique sparkling wines under the Pierre Jordan label, and four Haute Cabrière wines. The fruity, mouth-filling unwooded Pinot Noir is consistently one of the best. Also delicious is the Chardonnay–Pinot Noir blend, an ideal, extremely quaffable wine to enjoy at lunchtime. Take a Saturday-morning cellar tour with von Arnim or his son, Takuan, and watch him perform his trademark display of sabrage—the dramatic decapitation of a bottle of bubbly with a saber.

Sight Information


R45 (Franschhoek Pass Rd.), Franschhoek, Western Cape, 7690, South Africa



Sight Details:

  • Tastings R45–R70, cellar tours at 11 daily R75, Sat. cellarmaster's tour R90

Published 05/20/2009


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