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HOUTBOSCH WINES & CRAFT BEER

Houtbosch is located in the heart of the Garden Route, at the foot of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. An enthralling tasting room showcasing our visionary range of wine and craft beer. With our thirst for experience and through our love for wine and the local community, our dream became a reality.

Our mission at Houtbosch Wine & Craft Beer is to create a trendsetting brand that the people of the Garden Route can be proud of and call their own.

GARDEN ROUTE WINE & CRAFT BEER TASTING ROOM

We believe that the best way to bring a variety of people together is with a good glass of wine or a ice cold beer. Ideally situated, Houtbosch Wine & Craft Beer is the perfect place for an exciting experience. We aim to stimulate your senses by constantly experimenting with new and interesting food and drink combinations.

THE VINEYARDS

Outeniqua
The majority of our wines are grown at vineyards, situated on the foot heels and peaks of the breathtaking Outeniqua Mountains overlooking George. These vineyards are approximately 9 km from the ocean, with a variety of sand stone soils and a cold climate.

Calitzdorp 
Two of our wines are grown from vineyards situated in the scenic town of Calitzdorp, an hour and a half away from George, with Gamka River soil and fertile Gamka sandy loam soils.

GARDEN ROUTE WINE MAKER

Our wine maker, Louis van der Riet, studied B-Agric Viticulture and Oenology at Elsenburg. As an intern, he did two harvests at Aan de Doorns Co-operative Winery outside Worcester and at Silver Oak Napa in California respectively, prior to his studies. He worked as the assistant Winemaker of Allesverloren, and in 2012 he moved to Calitzdorp to take on the role of Head Winemaker of De Krans. Furthermore, he gained additional international experience by doing a Harvest in Portugal and has been a finalist for Young Winemaker of the year in both 2014 and 2016.

His wines received Gold at the following events:
Klein Karoo Young wine show 2013
SA Young Wine Show 2015
SA Young Wine Show 2016
Rose Rock Challenge 2017

He walked away with the following trophies and awards:
SA Champion Port Trophy at SA Young Wine show 2014
SA’s Best Red Blend Trophy at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2017
Numerous National Terroir Wine Show awards

HOUTBOSCH GARDEN ROUTE WINES

Kevin and Kelly, the dynamic duo of Houtbosch are partners in both life and business. They are the perfect embodiment of passion, drive and ambition. Originally from Cape Town, Kevin later moved to the UK where he was a professional musician for 11 years. However, his heart always stayed behind in South Africa. Kelly was born in Hampstead, London and also worked in the music industry. The two of them moved back to South Africa when the opportunity presented itself and George has always been the place they wanted to call home.

“Kelly and I spent two full years tasting every wine in the country, going from tasting room to tasting room, until we found the type of wine we wanted to produce, and learned a lot about wine along the way. We eventually knew what types of wine we wanted to produce and the region that it should come from. This was a great two years of wine adventuring, learning and lots and lots of fun.”

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REDBERRY FARM, GEELHOUTBOOM ROAD
BLANCO, GEORGE, WESTERN CAPE
066 218 6321
INFO@HOUTBOSCH.COM