WE LOVE

Making great wine

Making great wines have always been at the forefront of everything we do. We believe in allowing the terroir to guide us in creating the ultimate wines for each vintage. We stay true to the principles of winemaking by taking our lead from the grapes and their complexities when harvesting, crushing, fermenting, ageing and ultimately creating our wines.
It is important to make our wine accessible without denying the quality it represents. We have therefore created three distinct ranges, each appealing to a specific market and/or event.

WE LOVE

Making great wine

Making great wines have always been at the forefront of everything we do. We believe in allowing the terroir to guide us in creating the ultimate wines for each vintage. We stay true to the principles of winemaking by taking our lead from the grapes and their complexities when harvesting, crushing, fermenting, ageing and ultimately creating our wines.
It is important to make our wine accessible without denying the quality it represents. We have therefore created three distinct ranges, each appealing to a specific market and/or event.

IT ALL STARTED WITH

Great Beginnings

The beginnings of the Taillards in South Africa are rather colourful. Jacob Taillard (also known as Jacob Ernst Lodewikus Taljaard) of Doornik in Belgium immigrated to the Cape in 1749.

IT ALL STARTED WITH

Great Beginnings

The beginnings of the Taillards in South Africa are rather colourful. Jacob Taillard (also known as Jacob Ernst Lodewikus Taljaard) of Doornik in Belgium immigrated to the Cape in 1749.

A couple of years later he had a civil case filed against him, but unfortunately he lost his temper and verbally abused the Court, thereby earning himself a couple of years’ hard labour on Robben Island – probably paving the way for some of the big names in our country’s history. It is this sense of adventure and a certain disregard for rules that lives on in his descendants.

The farm Kersfontein (also known as Taillard Family Farm) was established just a couple of years after Jacob’s fateful argument. Unfortunately, there is no direct link between our ancestor and the farm since it was only acquired by Pieter Taljaard in 2003. The oldest building, the old cellar, dates back to 1790, while the homestead was built in 1810 – she is still standing proud. This was round about the same time as Lord Somerset was made Governor of Cape Town – by then under British rule.

Not a lot is known of the original owners but suffice to say that both our ancestors and our farm started their South African history in the romantic and stormy years that formed the Cape as we know it today

KERSFONTEIN

Home of the magic

Our farm, Kersfontien, covers 134 hectares of some of the best wine land in the country – that equates to about 200 football fields. A large portion of the farm is situated on the eastern slopes of the Paardeberg Mountain in Paarl with more than a third of the available land currently under vineyards. The soils are absolutely perfect for the cultivation of wine grapes and the climate lends itself to fostering some of the best red varietals in the world.

KERSFONTEIN

Home of the magic

Our farm, Kersfontien, covers 134 hectares of some of the best wine land in the country – that equates to about 200 football fields. A large portion of the farm is situated on the eastern slopes of the Paardeberg Mountain in Paarl with more than a third of the available land currently under vineyards. The soils are absolutely perfect for the cultivation of wine grapes and the climate lends itself to fostering some of the best red varietals in the world.

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