Napier Winery, set in a magnificent valley close to Wellington in the Western Cape, owes its name to Sir George Napier, Governor of the Cape of Good Hope from 1837 to 1843. It was Napier that christened the quaint rural town after the famous Duke of Wellington.
Present owner, Michael Loubser, purchased the farm in 1989. Following the change in ownership the farm was upgraded, a modern winery was built, followed by a modern maturation and fermentation cellar. The new millennium added a brandy distillery, and alongside quality, handcrafted wines, now stands the Sir George potstill brandy.
Napier Winery, under the careful eye of viticulturist, winemaker and estate manager, Leon Bester, strives to make premium wines (red and white) that rank with the best in the world, while reflecting the warmth of their African roots.
- Grapes are grown on the farm, picked and sorted by hand, and vinified with great care.
- Half of the 66 hectare farm is under vines. Seven dams provide plenty of irrigation water for the vineyards.
- Grape varieties include: Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Colombar, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Shiraz.
- Each wine produced, carries the symbol of a bead on its label. From earliest times, wine and beads have shared a long tradition in ritual, ceremony, trade and celebration.
- To reflect this tradition, Napier Winery chose the African bead as the emblem for its premium single vineyard block and each ‘Napier’ label thus displays a ‘single bead’.
- The commercial Lion Creek range on the other hand displays multiple beads on its label which signifies a blend of various wines from different blocks.
- The Sir George crest is used to signify their prestige ultra premium wine, Qintas and Potstill Brandy.