For more than 1,000 years, vines have been cultivated along the Ahr; historic records give evidence for cultivation from the year 770. Since the 13th century, the region has been renowned for cultivation of red varieties. This tradition has been continued, although the emphasis has been on growing Pinot Noir since the 18th century.

We adopt the same philosophy that we use at home, in our projects abroad, of favouring indigenous grapes. In South Africa, these are predominantly: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz; in Portugal: Tinta Barocca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Francesca.