Plettenberg Bay's first Vineyard
Plettenberg Bay's first Vineyard.
Bramon Wine Estate, the first and only Estate this far East of the Western Cape, is situated 20km East of Plettenberg Bay in a mountainous area called The Crags. This family-owned and run estate has broken new ground by pioneering vineyards in the Plettenberg Bay area, producing an award winning Methode Cap Classique sparkling wine and now a beautiful still wine, The Crags, has added to the range. The first vines, Sauvignon Blanc, were planted in 2000, pioneering wine growth in Plettenberg Bay, which has subsequently been classified as a wine of origin region. A coup for the area! Having paved the way for 15 other wine farms in the region, Peter Thorpe hopes to create a ‘Sparkling Wine Route’ - adding yet another facet to the Jewel of The Garden Route.
Bramon Wines is a boutique vineyard of 5ha and named after Peter and Caroline Thorpe's children, Bram and Manon. Having grown up on a wine farm in Worcester, Peter had an inherent passion for wine and working the land. On discovering a piece of land in The Crags with gentle slopes and cool sea breezes, Peter found the conditions excellent for vine growth. The land was choked with wattle, gum and pine and needed to be cleared of all alien invasives to make way for what is now today a well manicured vineyard.
The only Wine Estate Restaurant slap bang in the middle of The Garden Route! Enjoy an afternoon of local wines, cheeses, oysters, meats, pates and more all served with freshly baked homemade breads and polished off with a decadent dessert. Set in the vineyards and overlooking the Tsitsikamma mountains and The Elephant Sanctuary. This family run estate offers organoleptic fare for the entire family!
The Bubbly and still wines can be tasted either at the Tasting Centre on the N2 or at the Estate's popular restaurant. Wines can be enjoyed with a languorous lunch and purchased at the Tasting Centre at cellar price, or if in a rush, just purchased directly from the Tasting Centre. Their exciting Vukani BEE Wine adds to the range and supports a good cause, making the afternoon a pleasure and treat. For more information, follow the link to Vukani Wines.
Producing an award winning Methode Cap Classique sparkling wine initially vinified by Pieter Ferreira from Graham Beck Wines, Bramon has now secured supreme bubbly maker Anton Smal from Villiera acclaim, as their vinifier and cellar master. Bramon has now released their 2008 MCC which has been left longer on the lees for more mouth feel, a finer bubble and with melon aromas and hints of green pepper. The addition of 'The Crags', a beautiful still Sauvignon with a granadilla and passion fruit nose, has added to the Bramon range. New cultivars planted are increasing the range and uniqueness Bramon has become synonymous with and will be vinified in the cellar currently being built.
Bramon Restaurant caters for tailor made functions from weddings and christenings to corporates, team building and christmas parties. Warmed by a fireplace on chilly days, the restaurant seats 80 people inside and 90 outside in between the vines.
Cuisine from mezze to plated foods can be arranged by our capable and efficient staff. We can also cater for menu's to suit your little one's needs.
The cellar was completed in December 2010. This marks 2011 as the first official winemaking year in the history of Plettenberg Bay. Winemaker Anton Smal is excited about the full spectrum of flavours from different pockets of vineyards in the Plettenberg Bay area ranging from capsicum and the typical green aromas of Sauvignon Blanc to tropical pineapple, passion fruit and gooseberry. There has been a flurry of activity with vineyards popping up in the area - so keep your eyes open for new varieties out of the Plettenberg Bay Wine of Origin regio