About Us

Arabella vineyards

At present we have about 275 hectares of vineyards. Our main varieties are Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Pinotage, Viognier and Chardonnay.

We use the vertical trellis system and our vines are developed on a cordon. Bearing canes are carefully spaced to ensure adequate ventilation in the canopy without exposing the bunches to unnecessary sunlight. We believe that balance is more important than production and we find our vines to be in balance when they produce about 10 tons per hectare. We add no fertiliser before the harvest and irrigation is done conservatively, as we believe excessive vigour to be the biggest deterrent to quality grape production.

Our soils tend to be calcareous with a very high potassium content; the calcium gives good acidity while the potassium ensures a firm cell structure.

Arabella’s philosophy is that great wine is made in the vineyards. To this end we do everything possible to ensure that the grapes which we receive into our cellar are of the very best quality. It is impossible to make good wine from substandard and unripe grapes.