OUR STORY

OUR STORY

OUR HISTORY

The farm dates back to 22 December 1694 when the French Huguenot Pierre Jourdan was granted a piece of land in Olifantshoek, today known as Franschhoek, which he decided to name after his home town Cabrière.

ACHIM VON ARNIM

In the early 1980’s Achim von Arnim, then still Cellar Master at Boschendal, purchased a portion of this land. His vision firmly set on the idea of producing wines in the style of the Champagne region.

HAUTE CABRIÈRE

A few years later, Achim discovered another piece of land, now known as Haute Cabrière, on the slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, which reflected a similar type of terroir as Burgundy in France.

THE CELLAR

Haute Cabrière, grew to encompass a beautifully serene underground cellar built into the side of Franschhoek Mountain, which Achim opened in 1994, exactly 300 years after Pierre Jourdan had been granted Cabrière.

ICONIC LANDMARKS

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1694

French Huguenot, Pierre Jourdan, was granted a farm in the Franschhoek Valley, previously known as Olifantshoek. He named the farm Cabrière, after his home town in the South of France, according to French tradition.

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1982

Achim von Arnim buys Cabrière and starts to plant new vines of Chardonnay, the first step to create a local version of French Champagne, today known as Méthode Cap Classique.

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1986

The first Pierre Jourdan Brut Méthode Cap Classique was sold.

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1994

The Chardonnay Pinot Noir maiden vintage was launched, becoming the first blended still wine in South Africa from these cultivars. The grand opening of the underground cellar took place on the 22nd of December, 300 years after the original farm was granted to Pierre Jourdan.

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2004

Opening of the current underground tasting room.

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2013

Takuan von Arnim, next generation Cellar Master, takes over the helm from his father.

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2016

Takuan produced a 100% Chardonnay for the first time in the history of the cellar, released in September 2017.

ICONIC LANDMARKS

\

1694

French Huguenot, Pierre Jourdan, was granted a farm in the Franschhoek Valley, previously known as Olifantshoek. He named the farm Cabrière, after his home town in the South of France, according to French tradition.

\

1982

Achim von Arnim buys Cabrière and starts to plant new vines of Chardonnay, the first step to create a local version of French Champagne, today known as Méthode Cap Classique.

\

1986

The first Pierre Jourdan Brut Méthode Cap Classique was sold.

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1994

The Chardonnay Pinot Noir maiden vintage was launched, becoming the first blended still wine in South Africa from these cultivars. The grand opening of the underground cellar took place on the 22nd of December, 300 years after the original farm was granted to Pierre Jourdan.

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2004

Opening of the current underground tasting room.

\

2013

Takuan von Arnim, next generation Cellar Master, takes over the helm from his father.

\

2016

Takuan produced a 100% Chardonnay for the first time in the history of the cellar, released in September 2017.

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