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Cape to Cairo Wines

From the vineyards of the Cape, through sun-scorched deserts at times bursting with spring lowers, to smoke that thunders, wild animal migrations and tribal culture, snow capped mountain peaks and mythical ancient ruins to the ancient pyramids. The Cape to Cairo brand embodies the restless spirit of the dark continent,the symphony of Africa at sunset and the taste of the veld after rain.

Passion: a strong and barely controllable emotion, an intense enthusiasm... we are passionate about Africa, wine, travelling by road, rail and air and the marketing of wine and tourism. Africa is our dream, our enthusiasm, our passion, our inspiration! Having adventured the African continent, climbed her mountains, smelt her rains, travelled the hills, the plains, learnt about her cultures, peoples, history, wildlife and having journeyed from Cape to Cairo, we invite you to taste and smell our wine so as to experience Africa.

Cape to Cairo wines were launched in 2009. The Cape to Cairo wines are carefully barrel selected from the Western Cape to create wines in which you can experience Africa.

We share this brand with pride!


Cape to Cairo Wines

Cape to Cairo Timbavati Chardonnay 2020

The grapes for the 2020 Cape to Cairo Timbavati Chardonnay comes from cooler slopes in Stellenbosch and grows on decomposed granite soils, which lends a natural high acidity and low pH to the grapes, which, in turn, gives great freshness and a fine mineral acidity to the final wine.

In the cellar the grapes are whole bunch pressed, settled over night, after which the juice is racked to French oak barrels to undergo natural fermentation. 25% new oak, with a balance of second, third and fourth fill oak is used to give a gentle and complex oak character to the final wine and to leave enough space for fruit expression.

Matured for 9 months in French Oak.

Tasting notes:

On the nose there is citrus, orange blossom, stone fruit, complex oak and a flinty minerality, the flavors are repeated on the palate, with a soft entry, rich mid palate and fine mineral finish!

In the words of the Wine Maker, Johan Kruger: "This wine has now come into its own...it has a personality of being aristocratic, but with humility." (Dec 2020)

Enjoy the mineral character and tastes of citrus, oatmeal & even nougat...and don't overlook this wine to pair with a good steak!


Cape to Cairo Letaba Pinot Noir 2019

The grapes for the 2019 Cape to Cairo Letaba Pinot Noir comes from cooler slopes in Stellenbosch and grows on decomposed granite soils, which lends a natural high acidity and low pH to the grapes, which, in turn, gives great freshness and a fine mineral acidity to the final wine.

In The Cellar About 20% whole bunch are used in the fermentation in small stainless steel cuvees with regular pigeage for gentle extraction. Partial un-innoculated fermentation before pressing directly into French oak tight grained Hogsheads for malo-lactic fermentation. After racking, the wine was matured in 50% new Allier Hogsheads and 50% second fill Hogsheads for 11 months before bottling.

Matured for 16 months in French Oak.

Tasting Notes

Intense, vivid translucent youthful purple-ruby appearance. The wine shows pronounced lifted perfume on the nose with red berry fruit, musk, wild mushrooms and hints of savoury richness and spice and a clean vibrant minerality. .

On the palate there are very pure Pinot fruit flavours on entry with red cherry and musk flavours coupled with fresh acidity. The wine has layered complexity with great elegance and finesse. Very fine lacy, almost powdery tannin on the finish, which is firmly structured, yet smooth. 

 "This wine is expected to age well and become better with age." (Johan Kruger, 2020)

Cape to Cairo Syrah 2006 and 2007

Syrah 2006 & 2007 

Deep-red colour; full-ripe, spicy, dark-fruit, vanilla and oak flavour, opening up with white pepper and richness – a real Syrah feel; the taste is fruity, clean, well balanced with a long finish; the wine shows nice oak and reflects an elegant style with a capacity to mature well for the next 3-5 years.

-Nico van der Merwe - South African Winemaker of the year 1991

"On the nose one is greeted by ample berry flavours which are carried through on the palate, with undertones of ripe, and some jammy fruits and licorice. After seeming to fall away there is, surprisingly, a sudden blossoming of flavours that linger on the aftertaste."

-Johan Liebenberg writes extensively for the acclaimed De Kat magazine, and is the wine writer for Player magazine, Greenside Golf World and a regular 'Features' contributor for Good Taste Magazine.