Neville Dorrington and family bought the farm in Tulbagh in 1996. There were no vineyards - only a few cattle. The soils - low potential vertical shale - were perfect for producing quality grapes. In 1997 we planted many varieties - chardonnay, chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc, semillon, cabernet, cabernet franc, ruby cabernet, merlot, shiraz and pinotage.
Our first wine was released in 2000 - a sauvignon blanc.
Then our chenin blanc. And in 2003, our first red wine - Rijk's Private Cellar Pinotage 2000.
Many many awards followed.
12 years later a difficult decision was made - we decided to specialise in the wines that, vintage after vintage, were consistently good - chenin blanc, pinotage and shiraz. They are all harvested early before possible heatwaves in march. Our warm dry summers and shale soils are perfect for these cultivars. All other cultivars were removed and replanted with chenin blanc and pinotage . An expensive exercise, but we could then specialise in three cultivars.