dream of a new cellar started in 1994 when the Louw family bought
the farm Klipdrif. Unlike the majority of the wine farms in the
Robertson Valley, which had been passed on from generation to generation
in the same family, this portion of the Klipdrif farm had been owned
by at least four different families before 1995.
A previous owner, Major Jacobus Petrus Marais,
also known as "Oom Kosie", started the cultivation of
grapes on this farm and built one of the the first cellars in the
Robertson valley. His Southern Liquor Company developed the now
famous Klipdrift Brandy and also used the Klipdrift brandy as a
base for a variety of liqueurs. He was buried in a favourite spot
of his, a hill from where he used to look out over his lands. Unfortunately
the farm was sold a few years after his death and the Klipdrift
brand sold to Distell.
the spirit of one of the oldest cellars in the Robertson Valley
still being the source of many stories and memories it was inevitable
that the revival of the cellar was contemplated by the new owners.
The architect was instructed to incorporate the old cellar in his
designs for a modern cellar complex in which the grapes and wine
would be handled as naturally and as little as possible. Winemaker
and shareholder Alkie van der Merwe was given a free hand for producing
the best wines possible.
Oom Kosie or Major Marais was commemmorated in
the name Major's Hill Winery.
The spirit of the old cellar can now dwell peacefully
in every bottle of wine made with utmost care and devotion.