Aan de Doorns was established in 1954 when a group of farmers banded together to create a central winery to handle their grapes, much of the wine then sold on to other producers for use in well-known brands. The co-operative, not far from the town of Worcester, has moved with the times and become an independent winery that still belongs to its grower-owners.

As with many former co-ops, making own-label wine was never the primary focus. However, its solid relationship with First Cape, an export label massive in the UK, has taught its winemaking team a number of valuable lessons. Drawing on its members’ 1 600 hectares of vineyards, Aan de Doorns processes 32 500 tons of fruit a year but only bottles 22 000 cases of wine. So it’s a real feather in the team’s cap that its newly launched R43 range (named for the road towards Villiersdorp) has notched up the top value ratings in both the white blend and niche white categories. The white blend is a 50/50 mix of Colombard and Sauvignon Blanc that lives up to its billing of crispness, with a tangy lemon-zest flavour, while the Fruity White is all Colombard and shows just a touch of grape sweetness.

Alc:11 Rs:22.0 TA:6.1 pH:3.34
Value Rating: 13 / 20 Star Rating: Celllar Price:from R28.00
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Name of Producer / Farm: Aan De Doorns Wynkelder
Wine Region: Worcester
Wine Maker: Johan Morkel/Gert Van Deventer/Chris Geldenhuys
Vintage: 2016
Variety: Colombar(d) 100%
Bottle Size: 750ml
Address: Aan De Doorns, R43, Worcester
Open Weekdays: 08:00 - 17:00
Open Weekends: Saturdays (10:00 - 13:00) CLOSED PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Contact: Johan Morkel/Wilna Louw
Telephone: +27 23 347 2301
Mobile: +2782 3784430