Milestones

Today the farm is known as Strandveld Vineyards, and hosts a premium range called Strandveld, as well as being the home of First Sighting wines. Learn more about the Strandveld Journey and our milestones along the way.
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Bartholmeu Diaz had the first sighting of the southernmost tip of Africa

Many years later – prior to 2001

A group of friends (all enthusiastic wine lovers) inspired by the maps of the 15th Century mariners, decided they were going to embark on an adventure of their own – to make their own wine. Using ancient maps, from these explorers, they sought out a location to plant their vineyards based on their proximity to the sea.

July 2001

A somewhat rundown sheep and wheat farm of about 800ha, a few kilometres from the tip of Africa, was found.

July 2001 – 2005

The adventure of planting and nurturing the vineyards began.

2005

We had achieved the following:

  • The farm has 67ha under vines,
  • A modern winery converted from an old potato shed on the farm
  • Produced our first three vintages of distinctive wines from different vineyard blocks on the farm:
    • First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc
    • First Sighting Pinot Noir
    • First Sighting Shiraz

2007

We launched a premium range from specially selected vineyard blocks on our farm each expressing the best that Elim has to offer:

  • Strandveld Sauvignon Blanc (certified as a single vineyard wine)
  • Strandveld Syrah
  • Strandveld Adamastor

2011

We won our first 5 stars for the Strandveld Adamastor 2009 in the Platter Guide

The Strandveld “Anders Sparrman” was launched into the market, a benchmark Pinot Noir

2012

We won our second 5 stars for the Strandveld Sauvignon Blanc 2010 in the Platter Guide

We added a new wine to each of our labels:

  • First Sighting Shiraz Rose
  • Strandveld “The Navigator”, a Rhone Styled blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre and Viognier

2013

We won the Gold Veritas Medal for First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2012 & the Gold Medal for Strandveld Sauvignon Blanc 2012 at the Concours Mondiale competition.

2014

Highlights from 2014 include:

  • Conrad Vlok celebrates a decade of winemaking at Strandveld,
  • We won the Classic Wine Top 6 Award for First Sighting Rose 2013,
  • We released our very first Noble Late Harvest – Strandveld Suikerbekkie NLH 2012.