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The winery is located on Paarl Mountain in the South African wine-growing district of Paarl. Its origins date back to 1693, when the then governor Simon van der Stel (1639-1712) granted land to the French Huguenot Steven Vervey. The first wine was produced in 1699. After several changes of ownership, the property was acquired by the Lithuanian Charles Back in 1937, expanded by his son Cyril and today run by his third generation grandson Charles. He also owns the Spice Route vineyard in the Swartland wine-growing district. The vineyards cover a total of 300 hectares of vines on the south-western foothills of Paarl Mountain. Weathered granite predominates at higher altitudes and sandy loam soil at lower altitudes. Red wine varieties are cultivated to 80%.

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