Our Vineyards

Our Vineyards
Capaia previously functioned as a wheat farm, offering well-rested soil in which vines had never previously been grown. Three slaty hills form a suntrap sheltered by the Koeberg hill, offering unobstructed views of Table Mountain. The southerly trade wind from the Arctic, provides good aeration, whilst its unique proximity to the ocean guarantees a temperate climate. The terroir and aspects (North, East, South, West facing) gives further dimension and more distinction to the grapes growing on the estate.

The topography of the vineyards ranges from ground level to 260 meters in elevation, spread out over three terraced north-facing slopes. Being south of the equator, the north-facing side receives excellent sun, with the vines enjoying insulation at 180⁰ from sunrise until sunset. With the Atlantic Ocean just 10km away, variation in temperature is limited and precipitation at 400 mm.

The soil is bright slate containing some loam, which dates back to the middle ages of geological history, the Triassic period. Fossils of prehistoric animals can be found here, as well as volcanic rock in more recent discoveries. Detailed soil analysis conducted by New-Zealand researchers revealed an abundance of minerals and good water-storage properties.

Capaia’s terrain comprises 140 hectares, of which 60 hectares are under vine. The grape varieties are a 20/80 division between white (Sauvignon Blanc) and red (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot & Shiraz).

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