Fodor's Expert Review Thelema Mountain Vineyards

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On the slopes of the Simonsberg, just off the Helshoogte Pass, this is an excellent example of the exciting developments in the Cape Winelands since the early 1980s, when farmers began to eye land that hadn't traditionally been earmarked for vineyards. When Gyles and Barbara Webb started the farm in 1983, there was nothing here but very good soil and old fruit trees. It's a testament to their efforts that the winery has regularly won prizes for both its reds and whites ever since. To cap it all off, the view of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains from the tasting room is unforgettable. Ever the pioneers, the Webbs have also bought Sutherland, an old fruit farm in the Elgin area. The Sutherland wines, which can be tasted at Thelema, are wonderfully fragrant; look out for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The local favorite, however, is Ed's Reserve, a single-vineyard Chardonnay named after the farm's matriarch, the late Edna McLean, Barbara's mother; she originally bought the Thelema farm and... READ MORE

On the slopes of the Simonsberg, just off the Helshoogte Pass, this is an excellent example of the exciting developments in the Cape Winelands since the early 1980s, when farmers began to eye land that hadn't traditionally been earmarked for vineyards. When Gyles and Barbara Webb started the farm in 1983, there was nothing here but very good soil and old fruit trees. It's a testament to their efforts that the winery has regularly won prizes for both its reds and whites ever since. To cap it all off, the view of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains from the tasting room is unforgettable. Ever the pioneers, the Webbs have also bought Sutherland, an old fruit farm in the Elgin area. The Sutherland wines, which can be tasted at Thelema, are wonderfully fragrant; look out for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The local favorite, however, is Ed's Reserve, a single-vineyard Chardonnay named after the farm's matriarch, the late Edna McLean, Barbara's mother; she originally bought the Thelema farm and was a stalwart in the tasting room.

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Quick Facts

Off R310, between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
Stellenbosch, Western Cape  7601, South Africa

021-885–1924

www.thelema.co.za

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Rate Includes: Tastings R100, Closed Sun.

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