Our new labels are here

Our range of wines are looking very different.

 We have now registered our Shiraz and Cabernet blocks with SAWIS for single vineyard status.  So from 2016 vintage we can put single vineyard on our labels.   This means that we are keeping the black label for only these two wines.  And once we get demeter certification for the farm, these will be the two wines which bear the demeter seal.  Currently selling our Shiraz 2011 and Cab Sav 2008, both for R230 Rand. Made from a single vineyard block of grapes, planted in 2001 and 2000 respectively.  The Chardonnay and Semillon retain their white label. Both vintages from neighbouring blocks, will be for sale at R160 per bottle. 

Now for the big reveal, we have been toying with the idea for a few years, and finally have come up with what we feel suits the wines quite nicely, our brand new gentle giant vintage and newly re released cloudfall white blend.  Both aiming to reflect the important heritage of elephants in the valley, and our unique cloud formations on the elephant mountain opposite the farm.   Here they are in all there glory:


Cloudfall 2016
Gentle Giant 2010

Happy Holidays mixed case

For the month of December we will be running the following special offer: 

Buy the perfect gift this year: a mixed case of Haut Espoir wine. New release Semillon 2014 and Chardonnay 2011 as well as Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. An old favorite Shiraz 2008 and 2 vintages of Gentle Giant 2009/2010!  The Gentle Giant '10 is a pre release sample. 

All this for R750

Email marozanne@hautespoir.com to place your order

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Upcoming cellar events


Join the Haut Espoir team for 3 upcoming events in the Franschhoek Valley


Blend your own Gentle Giant with the Winemaker. Be able to take your personalized blend home, made with noble varietals blended together to your own taste.  R250 person   11:00 till 15:00


Come and taste 11 vintages of Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon in a parallel tasting.  

11:00 is kick off for the tutored tasting and our winemaker; Marozanne will lead you through the past years vintages explaining the nuances of each vintage.  

Closing time is 15:00  

R600 per person including a glass and snacks during the tasting. 


Let the Haut Espoir team take you in our capable hands

for a mystery experience. This experience will definitely include great views, excellent company and even better wine!

Daily activities include cellar tours, wine tastings and fynbos walks.

Contact Marozanne for more information or to book an experience: marozanne@hautespoir.com | 021 876 4000

Harvest 2015 and some farm news

Its been a while and you have probably noticed a few changes recently. On the world wide webs, we have launched our new and improved web site, many thanks to my little Sister, Laura, who is an amazing person and photographer and apparently not too bad at web stuff either.... http://lauraforest.com/

Other news is that Simon Thompson has joined the team from the Banghoek valley, and will be using the space in the cellar that I don't need; to custom crush about 100 tons for a nice bunch of clients.   With the change to Bio Dynamics a few years back, our tonnage has dropped significantly and,  last year I only used about 7 % of the space in the cellar, and it costs the same to run the cooling and lights and cleaning etc as if it was 100% full, so a mutually beneficial and sustainable approach has been taken to make some income from Custom Crush facilities.

The farms grapes are looking decent this year, they have responded well to the BD500 preps we used, the soil is looking healthy and the flavours are developing late, some of the grapes haven't even turned colour yet, but we are used to harvesting later than every one else so its nothing new.  I reckon we will be looking at about 10 tons in total off the farm for Haut Espoir wines, and as soon as its fermenting will let you all know. 

And i think the biggest change we are undergoing is that from February we will no longer be by appointment only, and we have refurbished the tasting and you will be welcomed by one of us up here to sit, relax, taste the wines and enjoy the view.   If you would like to make sure that you have a cellar tour and or fynbos walk then please give me a heads up. See you soon. 




Our first BD500

We recently applied our first BD500 preparation to the vines and our vegetable and fruit garden. As part of our transition to biodynamic farming, we use organic compost made on the farm but this preparation is a potent boost to the holistic wellbeing of the soil and plants.

We took turns as we stirred the mix in one of our wine barrels - this preparation requires stirring for an hour, creating vortexes and changing the direction! Hard work, but worth it. We applied this according the the biodynamic chart on a cool day. This compost preparation improves soil humus and plant growth. We saw a difference in the colour and vitality of our vines immediately.

Thanks to Bloublommetjieskloof for the preparation. We look forward to getting some cows and making our own - a project for 2015 and beyond.

Franschoek Appellation Grand Prestige

We really enjoyed this Batonage review of the launch of AGP and the support for the unique wines we make in the Franschhoek region.

Congratulations to all fellow trophy winners on the day and we look forward to continuing to grow awareness of Franschhoek's terroir and winemaking community.

Read "Finding Common Ground in Wine" by Incogvino and this great overview by Angela Lloyd.

Our Semillon 2009 received a trophy. Angela Lloyd's post entitled "Dear Semillon" sums it up perfectly. Thank you, Angela.