We come from two families with rich farming heritage. Our crest combines the roots of both – the lion of the Lunds and the stag of the Robinsons. And yet, Newstead represents a departure for both of us. From sugar and dairy farms in KwaZulu-Natal, we came to make wine in the Garden Route.
From the vine to the wine, there’s potential, growth, change, and ultimately, hopefully, something very special. And even then, there’s a sense of mystery and possibility, depending on when and how you enjoy it, and who with.
Maybe it’s just us, but our feeling is that wine is very much like life.
The Plettenberg Bay Wine of Origin region has a comparable geography and climate. As in New Zealand, it is especially favourable to the varieties we grow – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our vineyards also enjoy similar temperatures, sunlight and cool night breezes, the benefits of which are maximised by the north-south planting of our vines.
We believe that small is special. We know and nurture each vine. We use organic fertilisers and recycled grey water. We pay meticulous attention to detail. And because we prioritise quality over quantity, we don’t cut costs, even taking the unusual step of using netting over our vines, which results in unusually good grapes: they’re some of the most unblemished any farmer is ever likely to see, and they’re put to good use by our award-winning winemaker, Anton Smal.
Our Tasting Room
Our tasting room is very much the way we hope people will think of our farm: welcoming, authentic, intimate. It’s a place we want visitors to be able to relax and linger. Like a home, it will evolve, change, and hopefully surprise, depending on the time of day or year.
We don’t have restaurant-like formalities, but our foods are guided by the season, inspired by the moment, and made from scratch using ingredients that are locally-sourced (often as local as our own vegetable, herb and flower garden) and always fresh, simple and delicious.
We’re open from 11am until 4pm, Wednesdays to Sundays. Extended high season hours may apply. Tastings during high season from 10am till 12 noon. We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Contact us or SMS +27 (0)76 300 9740 to book a lunch or a wine tasting.