For the Wine Village Wine Club’s March tasting the focus was on Doran Vineyards. Relatively new wines making its presence known and building a following one sip at a time. With vineyards situated between Paarl and Malmesbury this wine business was established on the experience of André Badenhorst and the passion of Edwin Doran. The two met in 1992 through rugby and soon learnt that they had a few things in common. Most importantly – wine. André was born on Groot Constantia, leased Buitenverwachting, started Constantia Uitsig and has his son Adi following in his footsteps. You hardly get much more of a wine pedigree than André’s. Irish born Edwin sold his school sports travel and tour business and was on the lookout for a South African wine farm. He consulted his friend from Constantia and the rest is history. Their joint venture has grown from strength to strength through many vintages.
Doran Vineyards is 180 hectares in size with 60 hectares under vine. At the time of purchase there were only red grape varieties planted. This has since changed. The vineyards are trellised and irrigated and produced its first wine under the Andre/Edwin partnership in 2012. The current drought has impacted with a lower yield and the dam has now run dry. This year there is no chance of the usual post-harvest drenching of vines to ensure the stimulation of root growth.
The range of wines includes a rosé, white blend of Chenin, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne called Arya, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Bordeaux blend and Shiraz. The Arya white blend has been so popular that Wine Village always keeps a few bottles chilled. Haven’t tried this wine? Our store is open 7 days a week and waiting for you to pay a visit. For more information on Doran Vineyards please visit www.doranvineyards.co.za.