Cavalli’s in-house label produces wine from vines situated in the world-renowned Stellenbosch Winelands. The Helderberg region, in particular, is known locally as the Golden Triangle of South African wine.
Cooled by summer Atlantic Ocean breezes off False Bay, the region enjoys a near-perfect climate and combines with the other terroir elements to develop complexity.
The vines lie on the slopes and in the foothills nestled below the Helderberg mountain and combine the influences of both the mountain and maritime climate.
Cavalli’s Wine & Vineyard philosophy derived itself from a desire to establish quite clearly what it is that the brand ideals are and what we would want to achieve on a broader scale. Our main goal is to produce world-class wines with a very local character and a strong identity so to be clearly recognised as wines from the Helderberg region. Cavalli endeavours to be the benchmark with regards to Terroir and quality for Helderberg in the years to come in a bid to elevate the Helderberg to a rightfully deserved status of a region that can compete against the top in the world.
We strive for our immediate environment to be represented in the characteristics of our wines while at the same time remaining custodians of the land we have inherited, ultimately which falls within the Cape Floral Kingdom, a Unesco World Heritage site. Our passion for the environment is one of the biggest driving forces behind the way we operate at Cavalli and so, by introducing sustainable farming practices, we hope to enhance the health of our vineyards and re-introduce diversity of species in general.
We aim to produce wines in a sustainable manner of such a superior quality that it will come to be the benchmark of sustainability and instead of being a compromise for the final product, instead we aim to meticulously refine the practice to directly benefit quality. Cavalli Estate strives to produce intriguing wines that will trigger the imagination of the local wine industry and its consumers. Our focus falls on varieties such as Shiraz, Grenache, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Verdelho.
Our wines should push the boundaries and create new possibilities regarding style and quality and our vineyard practices are focused on extending the age of our vineyards to increase the number of older vineyards in South Africa for quality and marketing purposes.
The Helderberg region of Stellenbosch is nearest the ocean and therefore lends the estate to the cooling influence of the Southerly winds. Our soils contain large amounts of ”Koffee Klip” combined with a higher percentage of clay in the subsoil. Our choice of varieties to invest in were largely based on these environmental factors. Consequently, the wines that are born from this region show elegance, expressive fruit and spicy aromas in varietals such as Shiraz.