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Mont du Toit Kelder

Mont du Toit Kelder lies at the foot of the Hawequa mountain, Wellington, Western Cape, bordering Paarl, the centre of wine production in South Africa, some 65 km north-north-east of Cape Town.

Wine farming is a du Toit tradition, and members of the family have been wine farming for more than 300 years in the Cape.

Wine farming is a du Toit tradition, and members of the family have been wine farming for more than 300 years in the Cape. The French Huguenot founder of the family established a farm near what is now Wellington in 1691, then a wild, untamed land abounding in game, and planted the first vines in the area.

Twenty eight hectares of vines grow on sunny, north and northwest facing slopes of weathered granite and Clovelly Hutton soils, with sandy loam in the lower areas. Only red varieties have so far been planted - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Alicante Bouschet, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot, Tinta Barocca.

Mont du Toit's wine cellar is open for tasting Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm.