Near Paarl, in the heart of the Boland, amongst the endangered fynbos and several species of proteas, you’ll find a small 24ha boutique winery called Druk My Niet. Here wine is made the environmentally friendly way. The winery is situated in a biosphere reserve and only sustainable farming methods are being used. Druk My Niet is a proud member of the Biodiversity Initiative.
In 2002 the Kirchners bought the farm and began a six year period of renovation and replanting of the estate. Over the years the wine cellar has grown to an 80 tonne boutique winery with state of the art machinery and equipment. In January 2017 a terrible wildfire destroyed most of the Hawaka Mountains below the De Toits Pass in Paarl. The farm was severely hit during this fires. In the course of last two years the Kirchners rebuild the whole farm, modernized the Cellar, redone the irrigation system, replanted 3 ha of vines and made it more environmentally friendly with a 50 KV solar system.
In August 2016 Alexandra McFarlane was appointed as the wine maker. She made the various wines that African Wines represent that all have the philosophy and style of wine making that the estate is known and loved for. Alexandra worked in the Napa Valley, Australia and in South Africa at Mulderbosch, Dombeya, Waterkloof, Spier and De Toren Private Cellar.
Since 2018 Marcus Milner is the new winemaker at Druk My Niet. Marcus was previously winemaker at Warwick Wine Estate and De Meye Wines.