In a nutshell, our aim is to vinify extraordinary Cape vineyards. In doing this, we hope to find the voice of the land. That voice may be a choir of amazing blocks blended into one bottle, or it may be the purity and beauty of a single vineyard soloist. We believe that fine wine is grown, rather than made. In our cellar, a vineyard is allowed to become a wine without interference.
Chris: "I used to make nasty beer out of pineapple skins under my bed when I was a kid. Eventually I grew up and somehow ended up studying winemaking at Stellenbosch where I met my lovely wife Suzaan. She was then, and still is out of my league. Together we spent some golden years traveling overseas, working vintages in many-a-faraway place, tasting many wines. In 2010 we started Alheit Vineyards in a rented cellar on a friend's farm near Hermanus. Other than wine I like soppy music, sunsets and kittens. Also rugby."
Suzaan: "I did not make horrible pineapple wine. I was planning to become a Marine Biologist, until I found out the course wasn't offered at Stellenbosch (some things are just more important that dolphins). I had no idea what to study until my brother's roommate casually mentioned that he would have done winemaking if he could choose over. He misinformed me that winemaking paid extremely well. I saw dollar signs and went for winemaking. I loved my first assistant job at Lynx Wines in Franschhoek, but after two years I had such a yearning for Europe that we resigned our jobs packed our things."
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