Saxenburg – Where Shiraz has found a home
South African award-winning wines with Swiss flair.
A little about Saxenburg Wine Estate
Saxenburg, originally allocated to Joachim Sax in 1693, by the VOC changed hands at least 37 times since then, making this one of the oldest farms in South Africa. The farm was however saved in 1989 from being mined by the Swiss couple Adrian and Birgit Bührer.
Winemaking at Saxenburg got a strong starting boost from the outset, as two years after the purchase, the Bührer’s replanted nearly all vineyards. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Shiraz were the original focus which adopted the local soil, slopes and constant ocean breezes. Shiraz has since been shown to be the best varietal for these soils and added to that, summer pruning reduces the sizes and quantity of grapes, which vastly improves the quality of wine produced.
Over the years Saxenburg has earned many accolades, including best South African Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the coveted Old Mutual trophy.
2016 the management at Saxenburg was taken over by Vincent and Fiona Bührer and the replanting of most of the vineyards promptly started.
Swiss precision meets Swiss hospitality, meets South African wine excellence.
Saxenburg Wine Estate at a glance
Wines of note
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Sauvignon Blanc
Koos Du Toit & Ryno Maree
Adrian & Birgit Bührer
Reasons to visit
- Wine tasting of well renowned Shiraz, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc
- Family-friendly hospitality
Best time to visit
This is an all-year destination
What to do at Saxenburg Wine Estate
Highlights of the estate
- Cosy wine tasting room
Things to do or see
- Wine tasting
The estate is not ideal for families with children.
- Several outdoor activities are available in the area, such as hiking and cycling, as well as walking through the historic university town of Stellenbosch.
Saxenburg Wine Estate offers a great cellar viewing experience
No annual public events