- COMMENDED (2014) International Wine Challenge 2015
About the wine maker
Nestled in the Tulbagh Valley, at the foot of the embracing Witzenberg Mountains stands the stately Drostdy-Hof cellar and home; built over two centuries ago it was designed by renowned architect Louis Michel Thibault. The building was originally intended as the magistrate’s court for the landdrost. The largest room in the house was where the landdrost, or judge, heard the cases brought against the accused; positioned immediately below this courtroom was the jail, where the prisoners awaiting trial were held.
Drostdy-Hof wines are well known for delivering both good value and varietal typicity. They have long-established relationships with growers that farm some of the Cape Coastal region’s prime vineyard sites; often these are on high slopes, where cooling breezes and good drainage prolong the ripening period allowing flavours to develop in the grapes.
Michael Bucholz is one of South Africa's most experienced winemakers, and for the past 20 years has worked closely with the Cape's top wine growers to secure the very best fruit for his cellars. The Johannesburg-born, but Stellenbosch University graduate, makes a diverse range of experimental, specialty and popular red and white wines. He shares his Stellenbosch home with his wife and daughter, two dogs and two cats. When he's not in the cellar or the vineyards, you will find him training for competitive cycling events, adventure motorcycling or boating.