DeMorgenzon, 'the morning sun,' was so named because it is the first part of the Stellenbosch Kloof Valley to see the sun because of its high altitude and aspects.
It was originally a section of Uiterwyk, one of the oldest farms in South Africa, dating back to the founding of Stellenbosch in 1679. In 2003, Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum bought DeMorgenzon. The estate has consequently been transformed over the past few years. It is visually stunning, and is essentially a 91-hectare garden full of wildflowers, interspersed with 55 hectares of carefully tended vineyards.
Developing the natural biodiversity of the terroir is key to DeMorgenzon’s philosophy. The vines are planted on slopes rising from 200m to nearly 400m above sea level all enjoying panoramic vistas that take in Cape Town, Table Mountain, Cape Point, Cape Hangklip, the Hottentots Holland mountains, Helderberg and Simonsberg, with the ocean as a backdrop.
Winemaker Carl van der Merwe joined DeMorgenzon in July 2010 after an eight-year stint at Quoin Rock Winery in Stellenbosch. The estate has a reputation for superb white wines; we think these are amongst the best examples of Chenin Blanc and Chenin blends in South Africa.