Louisvale is a wine-producing farm and function venue located in the picturesque Devon Valley area of the well-known Stellenbosch wine district and forms part of the Stellenbosch Wine Route.
Louisvale started producing wine shortly after it was acquired in 1988 by the previous two owners. Over the next decade, Louisvale built up a reputation for high quality wines and established a strong presence in retail and upmarket restaurants in Cape Town and Johannesburg. It also marketed wine in the United Kingdom and Europe and obtained shelf space in retail outlets such as Sainsbury and Harrods.
In the 1950’s Louisvale has been subdivided into two 30 hectare portions that were named Louisvale and Nooitgedacht and were under separate ownership. In 2010 Louisvale was acquired. It has approximately seventeen hectares of vineyards of which some fourteen hectares are planted with Chardonnay. This represents the maximum plantable area. Nooitgedacht was also acquired shortly after. It has fourteen hectares of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes which were already established when the farm was purchased. The two properties are farmed as a unit.
With vines getting older, we have introduced new Chardonnay clones over the past 7 years. These consist of Chardonnay CY5 which is a Champagne Clone, Chardonnay CY95 & CY548A – which produce high quality Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon CS338 & CS23A and Sauvignon Blanc SB11R. All vines are grafted onto American Rootstock. Louisvale believes in the “Art of Chardonnay” and we are tirelessly committed to our task of crafting and creating Chardonnay of the highest standard.
We are proud that since acquisition our winemaker Simon Smith has been pivotal in our efforts to raise quality and this has led to numerous awards and accolades being received.
Louisvale wines can be found in supermarkets, restaurants and hotels and guesthouses throughout South Africa and have been selected for airlines and airport lounges. Our wines can be found in Germany, Belgium, Holland, the United Kingdom and China.