About The Project

The journey to document South Africa’s old vines began in 2002 with vineyard manager Rosa Kruger. With seed funding from the Rupert Foundation, the Old Vine Project was formalized in 2016. A broader footprint of wines is being launched today as Old Vine Project traction increases and awareness spreads.

An extraordinary vineyard database that dates back to 1900 is maintained by the South African Wine Industry Information Systems (SAWIS).  Vine grapes that are at least 35 years old are considered Old Vines.  Old vine plantings are the third largest in Paarl.


There is something magical about these old vines that reflect the terroir, landscape, and people who lovingly tend them across the Cape.  Wines made from old vines have gained worldwide recognition, with multiple award-winning wines from Certified Heritage Vineyards in every style, region, and variety of wine.