Tanagra currently has 12.5 ha of vines in cultivation, mainly noble red wine cultivars.
Our Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards are older blocks, surrounded by fynbos and veld, and situated alongside the trails at our farm. They receive special pruning (Guyot cut) to grow grapes with highly concentrated flavours. From these grapes we produce handcrafted & limited release wines under the 'Tanagra' label. Winemaker in charge is Lourens van der Westhuizen (Arendsig).
Tanagra is member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI), which commits itself to sustainable farming and wine production. Substantial parts of the farm are now under nature conservation to help maintain the biodiversity hotspot of the local Cape winelands.
We use traditional methods like natural yeast and whole berry fermentation to create handrafted wines typical of the terroir and microclimate of our farm at the border of the Klein Karoo. The grapes are all harvested and selected by hand and the (red) wines are all wild-yeast and wholeberry fermented and matured at least 12 months in (neutral) French cask. These limited release wines are grown on the deep, red Karoo soils as nature intended, with minimal interference.
Our flagship wines are our Single Vineyard wines which come from the series of vineyards we named 'Trails of Tanagra', as they are situated along our farm trails: the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, and the Cabernet Franc (first vintage 2014). Our Carah is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend. Unusual for the area is our Blanc de Noir, made from 100% Cabernet Franc -- crisp and dry, salmon colour and with intense strawberry flavours. Our Heavenly Chaos continues to be an ever popular, easy-drinking and somewhat lighter red-wine blend. In 2017 we released our very first Single Vineyard Colombard, from selected older (20 year old) vines.
Delivery can be arranged nationwide in South Africa. Outside South Africa our wines are available at Wynkiste (Germany & Austria), Vin Africa (Europe), CTW (BeNeLux), Newton Wines (UK), Winecask (Namibia) and Hedemanns (Denmark).
Our boutique distillery at Tanagra offers a range of Marc (what the Italians call 'Grappa' and the German call 'Tresterbrand') and Eau de Vie, produced in very exclusive and limited quantities.
When relocating from Germany in March 2009 we brought a German 200 litre still with us, a combined pot still (copper) and column still (stainless steel). This combination allows to distill in a single process resulting in a purer yield. Our philosophy is to use German technology & know-how and only the freshest and best local products to distill fine spirits of distinction