Brakkuil Farm is the home of the Gedeelte Wines. It is a unique wine farm situated in the St. Helena Bay region on South Africa's West Coast. The vineyards are planted in the flattened sea sands filled with limestone, 4 km from the cold Atlantic Ocean.
The farm Brakkuil was established in the early 1800's whilst the first grapes (Barbarossa and Palomino) were planted in 1978. The original wine cellar is still in use today and was built in 1948 after the end of World War II.
In 2002, farm owner Wimpie Bouwer (father to winemaker John Bouwer) planted 6ha of the first Sauvignon Blanc vines which today is used to produce a unique Sauvignon Blanc matured under veil. John also produces a Palomino under veil and a superb Barbarossa. This is a limited edition varietal grown on the only Barbarossa hectare (one of four in the world planted in 1978) in Southern Africa.
Brakkuil farm's soil and terroir is largely sea sand with limestone at the bottom which allows to gain low PH levels in the wines.
John Bouwer beliefs strongly in traditional winemaking and he matures his wines under veil without conventional cooling methods.
“It is important for us to create something unique. A trend that dates back to when traditional wine making began. Because of this we craft wine by understanding the culture of the grape and follow a one-on-one interaction from the vineyard all the way through to the bottling process.
Winemaking is a feeling, an emotional act…”