The winery was originally planned and designed by the Johnson family in 1997, but after we purchased the cellar, extensive renovations were started. With the renovations completed early 2007, the architecturally exciting building became home to the La Vierge Wines. Today it boasts the tasting room and restaurant on the upper level with double volume winery on the north side. On the south side of the building we have the sunken barrel maturation.
One enters the cellar on an elevated walkway that takes you through the cellar and into the tasting room and restaurant. This gives the visitor a clear insight into the activities of the cellar all year round. From the winemaking point of view, the winery is well designed and compact. We have carefully planned the layout of the stainless steel tanks in order to move quickly and easily whilst the harvest is in full swing. Of great importance is the variation in tank sizes which has given us great flexibility when handling the varied batches from our three vineyard sites.
Here we are able to monitor the identities and characteristics of the wines through their receival, fermentation and maturation process. This allows us to make the best blending decisions for our wines.
Below the winery is the cool, dark barrel cellar where wines are aged and matured in French oak barriques. And next to the barrel cellar our temperature controlled Méthode Cap Classique maturation cellar houses some 45000 bottles. In the winery there are already plans afoot to alter the grape receival set-up. With a view to improving quality; we’ve ordered a sorting table to allow us greater selectivity of fruit as well as the installation of a grape pre-cooler room to allow the delivery and processing of much cooler fruit into the winery.
A visit to the cellar will be greatly rewarding with exciting wines, amazing views and a warm, friendly team.