Set against the backdrop of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains in Paarl, Brookdale Estate is as unexpected as she is enchanting. Hugged by the tranquil valley and surrounded by natural beauty, Brookdale Estate is a sprawling vineyard in the countryside with a Manor House overlooking lush indigenous gardens, wild fynbos, dipping valleys and hills. As a working wine farm, here, imagination meets skill through an exploration of curiosity.

A true Cinderella story, the estate was once overgrown and underused. The Rudd family saw its enormous potential and acquired the property with a clear vision in mind – to create a world-class country estate that produces fine and interesting wine blends using unusual varieties in a South African context.

Before vines could be planted, alien vegetation had to be cleared, and the balance of nature restored. The Rudd family successfully cleared the 80 hectares of land, salvaging a block of Chenin Blanc that would become its maiden release and planted the remaining 53 hectares with indigenous vegetation and gardens for guests of the Manor House to explore.

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