Kloovenburg Estate is situated in the Riebeek Valley, part of the Swartland region. The Estate stretches along the lower contours of Riebeek Mountain where the schist slopes prove to be ideal for the cultivating of premium vines. Kloovenburg was planted with grapes as early as the mid-18th century, but it had to wait for the two generations of Du Toits to transform these into significant wines. In 1998 Pieter Du Toit produced his first Shiraz and its success encouraged him to renovate Kloovenburg's cellar and transform it into a state-of-the art winery. The Eight Feet range is named after the four sons of Pieter; Pieter-Steph, Johan, Anton and Daniel.
Wine makers family
In 1997, Pieter Du Toit and his sons made the first Kloovenburg wine as a family. They used their hands to remove berries from the stems and stomped the grapes with their feet to break the skins. This hands-on approach prevails to this day. The Eight Feet vineyards stretch along the lower contours of Kloovenburg farm on the slopes of Kasteelberg, spanning a diverse collection of soils, altitudes and different slopes. Of the farm’s 300 hectares, there are 110 that are under wine grapes, the best 30% of which are reserved for making Kloovenburg’s wines.
The Eight Feet range has become a brand of the four brothers : Pieter-Steph is a a world famous rugby player who was part of the South African Rugby Team that won the World Cup in 2019. Pieter Steph’s lifelong dream is to see people working together to achieve a common goal, and that is why it is so special to come together with his brothers to start an enterprise of their own. Johan and Anton are also both rugby players and dedicate their time to improving the Eight Feet Brand. The youngest brother Daniel is currently studying B.Sc. Agricultural science at the University of Stellenbosch, following his lifelong dream of waking up and working on a beautiful farm like his father did before him.