Allesverloren Wine Farm | Riebeek Valley

A recent trip to Allesverloren Wine Farm was a truly memorable experience. The beautiful setting, combined with their exceptional wines and warm hospitality, made for an unforgettable day.

From fascinating stories about the history and winemaking traditions of the farm to learning about the process of hand-plunging the grapes in open concrete fermenters, and the importance of patience and attention to detail in producing the high-quality wines that Allesverloren is known for.

We were treated to some amazing tank samples followed by a vertical tasting of Allesverloren’s Cabernet Sauvignon vintages which was very special.

To top it off, we enjoyed a delicious platter in the cellar. Overall, the trip to Allesverloren Wine Farm was a wonderful experience and it truly captured the essence of the South African wine country experience.

About the farm

Allesverloren Wine Farm is a historic winery located in the picturesque Riebeek Valley of South Africa. The winery was established in 1704 and has a rich history that dates back over 300 years. Today, Allesverloren is known for producing some of the finest wines in the region, including their award-winning Shiraz and Tinta Barocca.

One of the things that sets Allesverloren apart from other wineries in the area is their commitment to traditional winemaking techniques. The winery still uses open concrete fermenters and hand-plunging to extract the maximum flavor and color from the grapes. This approach allows the winemakers to create wines that are full-bodied and rich in flavor, with a depth and complexity that is hard to match.

Another thing that makes Allesverloren unique is their focus on sustainability. The winery uses environmentally friendly practices in all aspects of their operation, from vineyard management to packaging and shipping. They are committed to reducing their carbon footprint and preserving the natural beauty of the Riebeek Valley for future generations.

Allesverloren offers a range of wines to suit every palate, from their easy-drinking Tinto and Cabernet Sauvignon to their more complex Shiraz and Tinta Barocca. The winery also produces a delicious dessert wine, the Fine Old Vintage, which is made from a blend of Shiraz and Tinta Barocca grapes and aged in small oak barrels for over three years.

In addition to their exceptional wines, Allesverloren offers visitors a range of experiences to enjoy. Visitors can take a tour of the winery and learn about the history and winemaking techniques of the farm. There is also a restaurant on site, which serves delicious local cuisine paired with Allesverloren’s wines.

Overall, Allesverloren Wine Farm is a must-visit destination for wine lovers and anyone looking to experience the rich history and natural beauty of the Riebeek Valley. With their commitment to traditional winemaking techniques and sustainable practices, as well as their exceptional wines and dining experiences, Allesverloren is truly a gem of the South African wine industry.

The name “Allesverloren” translates to “all is lost” in Dutch, and the winery’s name is said to have originated from a story of a farmer who lost everything in a fire, except for his vineyards. Despite his losses, the farmer decided to focus on his vineyards and winemaking, and eventually built the successful winery that is known as Allesverloren Wine Farm today. The name is a testament to the resilience and determination, and serves as a reminder of the winery’s rich history and the challenges that it has overcome over the years.

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