Mooiplaas Wine Estate : Historic and Traditional Working Wine Estate
Mooiplaas Wine Estate & Private Nature Reserve dates back to 1806. Mooiplaas, meaning beautiful farm, is a historic and traditional working wine farm. The vineyards lie on steep slopes of ancient mineral-rich soils in the Bottelary Hills of Stellenbosch, overlooking Cape Town. Here brothers Tielman and Louis Roos produce a range of environmentally friendly wines rooted in tradition and artisan wine-making techniques that make the most of the unique terroir.
Mooiplaas Wine Estate & Private Nature Reserve uses an environmentally friendly and biodiversity approach to produce premium quality grapes each year. With the advantage of growing up on the farm and farming since 1980, the viticulturist, Tielman Roos, knows every intimate detail of the estate and the terroir.
One of the most striking features of Mooiplaas is the uneven terrain, from the meadows on the valley floor to the watershed on top of the hills. These topographical contrasts result in interesting differences in the microclimate. The different slopes and varying heights are the most important factors to consider when Tielman takes that first critical decision: the combination of cultivar and rootstock for each terroir. Cape Granite, the mother material of the soils on the estate, is prominently displayed as outcrops and domes along the hills. It is the weathering of this volcanic rock that gives rise to the soil on the farm.
Mooiplaas covers an area of 243 hectares, of which approximately 100 hectares are planted with vineyards and 70 hectares are dedicated to the Mooiplaas Private Nature Reserve.
Situated in the Bottelary Hills of Stellenbosch, there is a difference of approximately 235 m between the highest and the lowest areas on the estate. From the highest point of the estate (370 m above sea level) one has a panoramic view over the Cape Peninsula, with False Bay to the left and Table Bay to the right.
Very recently, Mooiplaas Wine Estate has been recognized and awarded Gold by Asia Import News Wine & Spirits Awards 2020.
Mooiplaas Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 – Awarded Gold by Asia Import News
The Roos Family Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine for the long run. Made in a classical style, this Cabernet Sauvignon has the potential for decades of ageing. Dark colour, cloves and lead pencil nose, tannin still tight at this stage, should start to open a year or so after bottling. A great companion for lamb shank or oxtail.
Interview of Mr .Louis Roos – Owner
Question 1: Do you already export to Asia ? If yes, where ? If no, what type of importers & distributors are you looking for in Asia ?
Yes, we have exported certain wines to Shenzhen and Sichuan, but are looking for importers to import other wines we have available, specifically our Roos Family and Mercia wines.
Question 2: What is the most unique and qualitative part of your products, different from competitors ?
Mooiplaas produces a range of environmentally friendly wines rooted in tradition using artisanal techniques that make the most of the unique terroir. Since 1806, the farm has been family owned. Estate grown grapes are hand harvested each year and estate bottled. Owners Louis and Tielman grew up on the estate and each have more than 40 years experience of viticulture and winemaking on Mooiplaas. The 70-hectare Private Nature Reserve on the estate is situated in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, containing many endangered plant species, and one of only six recognised plant kingdoms in the world.
Question 3: When did you start to export your brand worldwide, and what is your development plan for the next years ?
Started exporting worldwide in the early 2000’s. Currently we are well represented in Europe. Our plan over the next years are to grow our brand in Asia.
Thank you Mr .Louis Roos for you time and answers !
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