The History of our Wines

The renowned Manley private wine cellar has produced many award-winning premium red wines, and wine tastings and cellar door sales are also available to accommodation guests and public day visitors.

Tulbagh was originally a relatively small white wine-producing region that was regarded by many as the lesser cousin to the more established areas of Stellenbosch and Paarl. All that changed on September 29th, 1969 when an earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, virtually leveled the town.

The town was then rebuilt in the faithful style you see today, and with its rebirth came a new determination in the people of the town.

Fast forward to 1999 when Dave (Manley) Jordan along with some of the other local producers established the very first of the new farms to plant red wine grapes. Today Tulbagh has become highly regarded in South Africa and abroad, emerging as a wonderful boutique region – one producing some of the most significant red wines in the Cape.

Tulbagh is the fourth oldest town in South Africa (after Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and Swellendam) dating back to the early 1700s. The charming Church Street boasts the largest number of Cape Dutch, Edwardian, and Victorian provincial heritage sites all in one street in South Africa, lovingly restored post the devastating earthquake of 1969.