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Newton Johnson Family Vineyards, Walker Bay

Newton Johnson Vineyards is owned and managed by the Newton Johnson family. The farm is based in the upper Hemel en Aarde Valley near the seaside town of Hermanus, an hour and a half’s drive from Cape Town. This is a popular tourist destination, famous for some of the most spectacular land-based whale watching in the world lush indigenous fynbos, a floral kingdom, home to 1500 species and exclusive to the Cape, mountain walks and bike trails.

Led by Dave, a Cape Wine Master with a thesis on Pinot Noir, and his wife, Felicity (nee Newton), the Newton Johnson family moved to the Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley in 1995, built a cellar and started planting vines shortly thereafter. This enthusiasm for wine and Pinot noir in particular, was passed on to and eagerly adopted by his sons, Bevan and Gordon. They in turn have taken this family cellar and vineyards to new heights in exploring the nuances of this grape and their vineyards.

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley has seen an explosion of quality Pinot noir over the last decade, and we believe it to be capable of producing wines of world renowned authenticity. Our focus is ever more on perfecting techniques in the vineyard and cellar that resonate the best of our conditions. The sloped vineyards face the southern winds of the cold Atlantic which couple freshness with the linearity and florals produced in the wines by our granite soils. It is a discovery of this translation from our farm that encourages us to make wines free from the distortion of modern convention and convenience, wines with purity of flavour and natural expression.

  • Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Granum 2016

    Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Granum 2016

    BackgroundThe foremost feature of the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation is the outcrop of weathered Granite soil that is exclusive in the Cape South Coast. This iron richgranite is found in diverse size and...

  • Newton Johnson Resonance 2016

    Newton Johnson Resonance 2016

    Resonance is predominantly sourced from a single vineyard and grown in quartz and sandstone soil. We found only one site on the Newton Johnson property that we believed suitable to plant Sauvignon Blanc which could rival...

  • Newton Johnson Full Stop Rock 2019

    Newton Johnson Full Stop Rock 2019

    BACKGROUNDThe lower slopes of the Newton Johnson farm are undeniably suited to Rhône/Mediterranean grape varieties. Alluvial deposits of large stone fragments up to two metres deep require vigorous growing vines to...

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