Named after the majestic views of the Simonsberg Mountain, Simonsig Estate is situated in the famous Stellenbosch Winelands just 45 km east of Cape Town. Since French Huguenot Jacques Malan first set foot in the Cape in 1688, the Malan family’s wine knowledge accumulated over many generations, has equipped them to excel as one of the leading private producers of estate wines in South Africa.
The late Frans Malan, beloved patriarch of the Malan Family and one of the pioneers of the South African wine industry, was not only a craftsman of superior wines, but also introduced numerous Simonsig ‘firsts’, cementing the estate’s stately legacy in the Cape Winelands
Frans Malan’s groundbreaking innovations include South Africa’s first Méthode Cap Classique, Kaapse Vonkel, more than 40 years ago. This bottle fermented sparkling wine first produced on Simonsig Estate in 1971, is made in the style of French champagne. He was also a co-founder of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes.
Today, his legacy lives on in his sons, Pieter, Francois and Johan, and grandson Francois-Jacques, the 3rd and 4th Malan generation at Simonsig Estate.
After more than 30 Simonsig vintages, current Cellarrmaster Johan Malan continues the family’s pioneering spirit with his own impressive lineage of award winning wines
Simonsig Wine Estate comprises 302 hectares with 210 hectares (518 acres) under vines. The ancient soil types consist of sandstone, decomposed granite and shale. All the vineyards receive supplementary irrigation.
The estate receives an average annual rainfall of 700 mm (27 inches). 75% of the rain falls during the winter months from May until August. The duration of the harvest is approximately 12 weeks and takes place from January to March, with an average production of 8 tons per hectare.
Simonsig is one of the very few wine estates that has its own bottling and labelling line on the farm.
Simonsig Wine Tasting
As a founding member of the Stellenbosch Wine Route, Simonsig enjoys widespread popularity and attracts visitors from all over the world.
With a cosy fire crackling in the tasting room during winter or flutes of chilled Kaapse Vonkel served on the cool, shady veranda during summer, we welcome our visitors to cellar tour experiences all year round.