A world away from your average producer
Mellasat Vineyards was created by the Richardson family in 1996 from the original farm Dekkersvlei which was established in 1693. Located near Paarl, in the heart of South Africa’s famous winelands just 45 mins from Cape Town. The vineyard enjoys a spectacular position under the dramatic Klein Drakenstein mountains together with panoramic views of the Paarl and its famous granite domes.
At Mellasat Vineyards we reckon we’re a bit different, which is why you’ll find a white Pinotage amongst our range of award winning wines. To make our wines more accessible we’ve established a tasting centre with stunning views of the Paarl valley and the craggy Klein Drakenstein mountains. And not content to leave it at that we’ve also created a Cemetery of Forgotten Wines in our underground cellar - an interesting and bizarre collection of museum wines that the consumer can interact with.
Our small but quality range of wines are an expression of harmony of the local natural beauty and are aimed primarily at the discerning domestic and export markets. Whether it’s the premium Mellasat or the easy styled Dekker’s Valley our two boutique ranges provide something for everyone from wine connoisseurs to the casual, everyday wine drinker.
From 1997 Stephen Richardson started replacing some of the farm’s existing Chenin Blanc vines with the noble cultivars Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Chardonnay, as well as South Africa’s own Pinotage grape variety. Under the expert supervision of local viticulturalist, Poena Malherbe, particular attention was taken to selecting the root stock that would suit the warmer climate and granitic soils of the Paarl region. The farm also grows Tempranillo and Viognier that more recently came into production. The management of the vineyards, currently eight hectares, is geared to reflecting this unique "terroir". Both our vineyard and winery are registered under the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) and Wine of Origin schemes which assure both good practise and tracebility.
A successful vineyards depends on the people running it and we feel that local knowledge is best. Our small team of viticulturalists, winemakers, and tasting room personnel ensure that our wines are the best quality we can achieve, and that your visit to Mellasat Vineyards is a memorable experience. Mellasat Vineyards is a BBBEE (Level 4) participant.