The secret is the ability to discover, nurture and extract qualities that are unique to Mt Vernon from grape to the final product. This, combined with a true determination to succeed, is what has made Mt Vernon a wine of distinction.

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History

Located near Klapmuts and part of the Simonsberg-Paarl region, Mount Vernon Estate was established in 2003 by David and Debbie Hooper. Under their ownership and management, the estate is producing a range of top single vineyard and estate wines, including a Malbec, quite a rarity in the region. John Hooper their Son is now heavily involved in the marketing and creativity of the Mt Vernon Wine range and is developing and bringing to market innovative new lines.

Estate Overview

  • Mount Vernon Wine Estate is a story of a family from Durban, KwaZulu Natal, who settled here a number of years ago for a change in lifestyle. That change brought a new sense of direction with Debbie Hooper becoming not only one of the few women wine makers in the Cape but also producing exceptional quality wines by virtue of their award winning status.
  • Currently 28 hectares of vines are planted on the 110 hectare farm.
  • Core varietals planted are: Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinotage, Shiraz and Chardonnay.
  • Klapmuts has a warmer climate but receives a cooling breeze from the south on many hot summers days. It is a good area for Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aspects of the vineyards vary but are generally northerly and west facing.
  • The name Mt Vernon originates from two sources. Firstly it is the name of George Washington’s home which is situated on a beautiful aspect overlooking the Potomac River, in Virginia, USA.
  • Vernon is also the middle name which has been given to almost every male member of the Hooper family for many generations in memory of Vernon Edward Hooper, a revered patriarch who died in Durban in 1954.
  • The crest of Mt Vernon also has a family connection being the rank insignia of Noel Vernon Hooper who served as a Sergeant Major in an anti tank regiment of the South African Army in North Africa during the Second World War.
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