Druk My Niet

Protea Wines presents with the wines from Druk My Niet estate, products both of high quality and unique winemaking, and proof of the efficacy of sustainable wine growing and wine making methodologies.

Introduction

Druk My Niet is a small 24-ha boutique estate In the Boland, situated amidst endangered fynbos and several species of proteas. The focus is on winemaking in an environmentally friendly way, following the principles of biodynamics.

The winery is situated in a biosphere reserve, and the owners choose to use only sustainable farming methods, and are a member of the Biodiversity Initiative. Over the years the wine cellar has grown to an 80 tonne capacity, with state of the art machinery and equipment. Druk My Niet’s boutique wines are allowed to mature at their own pace. The estate also features self-catering cottages for visitors to relax and unwind.

The entrance to Druk My Niet estate in the Paarl valley.
A view of the fields from the cottage pool.

Druk My Niet Particulars:

  • Location: Paarl valley
  • Farming style: biodynamic principles, minimal intervention
  • Contributions: sustainability, biodiversity conservation
  • Brand Info: estate brand, environmentally friendly high-quality wines at affordable prices.
  • Established: 2002

History

Originally part of Kleinbosch Farm granted to huegenot Francois du Toit in 1692, Druk My Niet came to be when Petrus Jacobus Malherbe purchased a portion of land in 1818 from his father-in-law, who was the owner at the time. In 2002 the Kirchner family bought the farm and began a six year period of renovation and replanting of the estate, together with Malherbe Rust Architects and Future Growth Landscapers. This renovation returned some of the oldest buildings in the Paarl Valley to their former glory.

The old shed, which dates back to 1692, was converted into a modern 100 tonne cellar furnished with state of the art equipment. Two historical open fermenters were restored and the installation of new steel tanks followed shortly after. In 2008 the first wine, Mapoggo White, was produced on the farm with Mapoggo Red to follow in 2009. Druk My Niet focusses on the production of red varieties that are suited to warm climates along with Chenin Blanc.

Cellar at Druk My Niet.
State of the art steel tanks.
Cement fermenters and maturation barrels.

Owners

The farm’s owners, Mr and Mrs Kirchner, originally lived in Germany. After having travelled all over the world they finally found their home at Druk My Niet. They have been living on the farm since 2007.


Further images of Druk My Niet

Below are more photos of Druk My Niet and its environs, plus details of the wine-making equipment.