Owned by the Crabbia Family, Fred and Manuela Crabbia bought Blue Crane Vineyards in November 2008.
Situated in Tulbagh, the farm’s natural beauty and biodiversity is evident. It is a magnificent location with stunning views of the Witzenberg, Winterhoek and Saronsberg mountains. Soil testing revealed sought after Glen Rosa soils on south facing slopes, ideal for excellent wines.
Since then Zia Pienaar, the farm’s new winemaker was employed in July 2009, together with Chris Fox, the new farm manager, have excelled in making award winning wines, all from our own vineyards.
New plans and developments have occurred at the farm, including the building of a paved road, planning and planting of more vines and indigenous trees, and greater moves towards developing the farm’s biodiversity and compliance with improving the natural ecology of the area.
The farm prides itself in the excellent potential of the terroir and unique flair of the wines, and awaits the new styles of wine that its new winemaker will produce. In 2012 we pressed our first olives which got the acclaimed 'Extra Virgin Olive Oil' status.
Plans for 2013 and beyond will be the planning and building of a new tasting room, cellar, restaurant, conference centre and accommodation on the farm. We will keep you updated on these developments and others, but at the moment the farm only available for tasting by appointment.
Blue Crane, our flagship estate label, comes from the national bird of South Africa. The farm got its name from 2 Blue Crane's that were nesting on the farm. only some 25,000 Blue Cranes are alive in the wild, with the majority residing in South Africa alone.
We are in discussions with the Blue Crane Association to work closely with them to help preserve our national heritage of the Blue Crane.
Other labels are planned for the future, so watch this space for further information.