Lammershoek Life

The name Lammershoek dates back more than three centuries, linked to survival or the preservation of life in a harsh, untamed environment. Meaning “lambs’ corner”.
Legend has it that ewes sought shelter for their small lambs in the forest alongside the farm when they felt threatened by the black eagle which abounded here – locally known as the Lammervanger, meaning “lamb catcher” in the Afrikaans language. And here in this sheltering valley of the Paardeberg Mountain in the Swartland district – a stone’s throw from Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain – Lammershoek’s farming legacy is perpetuated in the seasonal pulse of nature and its ever-renewing life. In the vibrant new vineyard shoots of spring, in green landscapes framed by rocky mountain outcrops, in new harvests and new characteristics and qualities … also in new wines, styles and wine ranges, names and labels. Yes, Lammershoek is indeed showing life and vibrancy – driven by their owners led by the Abold Family whow want leave fresh footprints in both the South African domestic and the export markets.

The farm – in the Aprilskloof valley which is still a largely undiscovered gem of scenic beauty and individualistic wine production – was acquired in 2013 by a trio of well-known German businessmen and sporting executives. The majority investor was the legendary soccer star Franz Beckenbauer who bought the farm together with communications specialist Andreas Abold and sport promotor Fedor Radmann.

Only in 2018 Franz Beckenbauer sold his shares of Lammershoek to his long-time partners and friends.
A new management team led by Schalk Opperman was introduced at the beginning of 2015 and the green hills of Lammershoek are alive with the growth and dynamism of a new era – an era reflected in new-born wines crafted to enhance the wine-lover’s joy of life …

Once a hiding place for lambs…

The original flock of sheep owned by the first registered owner of Lammershoek, a Cape Colonial “free burgher” of the early 1700s, has over the centuries grown to a proud enterprise where mixed stock farming has been replaced by specialised wine-growing.

Adriaan van Jaarsveld and his family settled here after obtaining grazing rights for sheep while farming among the French Huguenot community at Drakenstein near Paarl and Paardeberg. He acquired full ownership in 1718 and soon the farm came to life with a horse, cattle and sheep, while cultivation started with wheat and later some 600 vines.

Van Jaarsveld left in 1721 but the foundations were laid for a series of family-based owners to develop the 180 hectares farm into a top wine farm and cellar. Lammershoek is now owned by a consortium of purposeful German investors who are prominent in the international sports promotion world and run by a new, hands-on management and winemaking team.

The sheltering Swartland corner

Lammershoek is situated in the Aprilskloof Valley of the Paardeberg, Swartland, with 60 hectares of vineyards at altitudes of 80 – 300 metres above sea level.

The white grape cultivars grown include old bush-vine Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Hárslevelű and Marsanne and the reds Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Pinotage, Zinfandel and Tinta Barocca. These are warmer climate cultivars at the core of the Swartland winegrowing district’s award-winning tradition.

Here the Paardeberg Mountain area is characterised by decomposed granite soils and unique terroir traits that inspire a movement of modern-day winemaking pioneers who strive for optimum soil expression and fruit purity.

At Lammershoek disease and pests are controlled in the most natural and eco-friendly manner possible, with raptor posts to attract raptors such as the jackal- buzzard and owls, which help control rodents in the vineyards. Natural predators of insects are preserved in order to eliminate pests.

As a whole, life in the soils, water and vineyards is handled with the utmost respect, to protect and conserve what nature has entrusted to us where survival has been replaced by life-giving.

The sheltering Swartland corner

Lammershoek is situated in the Aprilskloof Valley of the Paardeberg, Swartland, with 60 hectares of vineyards at altitudes of 80 – 300 metres above sea level.

The white grape cultivars grown include old bush-vine Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Hárslevelű and Marsanne and the reds Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Pinotage, Zinfandel and Tinta Barocca. These are warmer climate cultivars at the core of the Swartland winegrowing district’s award-winning tradition.

Here the Paardeberg Mountain area is characterised by decomposed granite soils and unique terroir traits that inspire a movement of modern-day winemaking pioneers who strive for optimum soil expression and fruit purity.

At Lammershoek disease and pests are controlled in the most natural and eco-friendly manner possible, with raptor posts to attract raptors such as the jackal- buzzard and owls, which help control rodents in the vineyards. Natural predators of insects are preserved in order to eliminate pests.

As a whole, life in the soils, water and vineyards is handled with the utmost respect, to protect and conserve what nature has entrusted to us where survival has been replaced by life-giving.

New blood, new drive

”Striving for Excellence” is at the core of the vision and mission of both Lammershoek’s new owners and the management team – led by Schalk Opperman, general manager and winemaker, Marius Kotze, viticulturist and farm manager.

The fine-tuned selection of wines ranges from the lifestyle range, The Innocent, to a new flagship range, Lammershoek Reserve. In addition, there is a limited production, creative label, the Lammershoek’s Mysteries range. Moreover, the 2015 vintage has seen the introduction of an extraordinary blend – created in consultation with co-owner Franz Beckenbauer as his Libero No 5 label.

Lammershoek’s Vineyards

We have 60 hectares of vineyards, all farmed organically and mostly by the typical Swartland dry-land (unirrigated) method.

The white cultivars include old bush-vine Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Hárslevelü, Marsanne and the reds, Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Pinotage, Zinfandel and Tinta Barocca.

Chenin Blanc comprises 60% of the white cultivars and Syrah, in turn, 60% of the reds. These are warmer climate cultivars at the core of the Swartland’s award-winning tradition.

The Paardeberg Mountain surrounds are characterised by decomposed granite soils and unique terroir traits which find expression in the recognition of the area’s fruit-driven wines.

The challenges faced in our vineyards are that the soils are poor in nutrients, and, of course, the low annual rainfall. These factors, among others, lead to low-yielding vines, which produce small, but intensely flavoured bunches. Altogether 80% of the vineyards are bush-vines of which only 40% are under irrigation.

Disease and pests are controlled as natural and eco-friendly as possible, with raptor posts to attract raptors and owls, to help control rodents in the vineyards, and the preservation of natural predators of insects to help control pesky insects.

As a whole, life in the soils, water and vineyards is handled with the utmost respect, to protect and conserve what nature has entrusted to us.

At a sea level heights ranging from 80 – 300 metres we have a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters and with most of the vineyards comprising bush-vines, which, combined with typical Swartland dryland farming, results in particularly flavourful, terroir-driven wines.

Our soils consist mainly of decomposed granite and is quite sandy and it is this soil that gives our wines their lovely texture and lingering aftertaste. Granite-based soils in the Swartland are deep and sandy, found close to, or on, the granite outcrops of the Paardeberg Mountain.

Situated in an elongated north-south valley of about 3 kilometres, the farm features good variations of aspect and micro-climates utilised optimally for the various grape cultivars. The soils are generally duplex in character, consisting of a very deep layer of coarse, bleached sand on top of a thick layer of wet clay. The sandy topsoil is extremely well-drained, but the thick, dense layer of clay, which often lies meters below the surface, acts as a slow release sponge for the vines’ deeper roots during the South African summer.

Our wines are pure, with a good natural acidity and captures the uniqueness of the Swartland district. We aim to bottle only the best from our winery and the quality speaks for itself. As one of the oldest wineries in the Swartland, we stick to the basics and work as naturally as possible with our fruit. As a member of the Swartland Independent Movement, we strive for minimum intervention in fruit-driven wines that express the terroir.

Lammershoek’s Vineyards

We have 60 hectares of vineyards, all farmed organically and mostly by the typical Swartland dry-land (unirrigated) method.

The white cultivars include old bush-vine Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Hárslevelü, Marsanne and the reds, Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Pinotage, Zinfandel and Tinta Barocca.

Chenin Blanc comprises 60% of the white cultivars and Syrah, in turn, 60% of the reds. These are warmer climate cultivars at the core of the Swartland’s award-winning tradition.

The Paardeberg Mountain surrounds are characterised by decomposed granite soils and unique terroir traits which find expression in the recognition of the area’s fruit-driven wines.

The challenges faced in our vineyards are that the soils are poor in nutrients, and, of course, the low annual rainfall. These factors, among others, lead to low-yielding vines, which produce small, but intensely flavoured bunches. Altogether 80% of the vineyards are bush-vines of which only 40% are under irrigation.

Disease and pests are controlled as natural and eco-friendly as possible, with raptor posts to attract raptors and owls, to help control rodents in the vineyards, and the preservation of natural predators of insects to help control pesky insects.

As a whole, life in the soils, water and vineyards is handled with the utmost respect, to protect and conserve what nature has entrusted to us.

At a sea level heights ranging from 80 – 300 metres we have a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters and with most of the vineyards comprising bush-vines, which, combined with typical Swartland dryland farming, results in particularly flavourful, terroir-driven wines.

Our soils consist mainly of decomposed granite and is quite sandy and it is this soil that gives our wines their lovely texture and lingering aftertaste. Granite-based soils in the Swartland are deep and sandy, found close to, or on, the granite outcrops of the Paardeberg Mountain.

Situated in an elongated north-south valley of about 3 kilometres, the farm features good variations of aspect and micro-climates utilised optimally for the various grape cultivars. The soils are generally duplex in character, consisting of a very deep layer of coarse, bleached sand on top of a thick layer of wet clay. The sandy topsoil is extremely well-drained, but the thick, dense layer of clay, which often lies meters below the surface, acts as a slow release sponge for the vines’ deeper roots during the South African summer.

Our wines are pure, with a good natural acidity and captures the uniqueness of the Swartland district. We aim to bottle only the best from our winery and the quality speaks for itself. As one of the oldest wineries in the Swartland, we stick to the basics and work as naturally as possible with our fruit. As a member of the Swartland Independent Movement, we strive for minimum intervention in fruit-driven wines that express the terroir.

Meet Our Team

The Lammershoek Family – as we like to refer to our team consists of a management team led by the owners Sonja and Andreas Abold, our winemaker and GM Schalk Opperman, our viticulturist and farm manager Marius Kotze, our assistant wine maker Jorrie du Plessis as well as our Admin and Sales Support Maryann Fourie.
This management team would be nowhere without our farmworkers many of them having lived on Lammershoek for many generations and know our farm and our vineyards better than anyonone of the management team does.

We pride ourselves in the continuous development of our staff, including training in all kinds of areas as well as looking after them with continuously improving staff accommodation and our surroundings.
We have 30 permanent employees all living on Lammershoek with 15 families all calling Lammershoek there home. Kids get taken to the local School every morning and are very much part of the friendly atmosphere and Lammershoek “feel”. Farm Manager Marius Kotze makes every effort to educate his team on the importance of looking after Lammershoek.

Together we pride ourselves in “living close to nature”

Andreas Abold
Andreas AboldOwner and CEO
Sonja Abold
Sonja Abold CFO and Strategic Planning
Schalk Opperman
Schalk Opperman Wine Maker and General Manager
Marius Kotze
Marius KotzeViticulturist and Farm Manager
Jorrie du Plessis
Jorrie du Plessis Assistant Wine Maker
Maryann Fourie
Maryann Fourie Sales and Marketing Assistant
MYSTERIES
RANGE
ALL NEW
Limited release vineyard specific wines from “alternative” cultivars, showing the vineyards’ diversity through less conventional cellar techniques. Truly unique wines that reflect some “mystery” from the vineyards teeming with bird and animal life.
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INNOCENT
RANGE
THE
A lifestyle brand that over-delivers in character and quality, mostly from old dryland bush-vine vineyards. To be enjoyed now and with up to five years of ageing. Comprises a Rosé, White Blend, Pinotage, Syrah and Red Blend
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MYSTERIES
RANGE
ALL NEW
Limited release vineyard specific wines from “alternative” cultivars, showing the vineyards’ diversity through less conventional cellar techniques. Truly unique wines that reflect some “mystery” from the vineyards teeming with bird and animal life.
ORDER ONLINE
INNOCENT
RANGE
THE
A lifestyle brand that over-delivers in character and quality, mostly from old dryland bush-vine vineyards. To be enjoyed now and with up to five years of ageing. Comprises a Rosé, White Blend, Pinotage, Syrah and Red Blend
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MYSTERIES RANGE
ALL NEW
Limited release vineyard specific wines from “alternative” cultivars, showing the vineyards’ diversity through less conventional cellar techniques. Truly unique wines that reflect some “mystery” from the vineyards teeming with bird and animal life.
ORDER ONLINE
THE INNOCENT
RANGE
A lifestyle brand that over-delivers in character and quality, mostly from old dryland bush-vine vineyards. To be enjoyed now and with up to five years of ageing. Comprises a Rosé, White Blend, Pinotage, Syrah and Red Blend
ORDER ONLINE

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