Cold Mountain Vineyards is located in the relatively new ward of Sondagskloof, within the region of Walker Bay. This is a cool climate winemaking region, much like the greater Cape South Coast Area.
Generally, this is defined as having moderate temperatures within the growing season, and higher than average rainfall compared to regions such as Stellenbosch and Swartland. Additionally we have a maritime influence due to the close proximity to the ocean, and hence also benefit from the cooling winds off the ocean.
The combination of the above factors results in a longer growing season, allowing the grapes to reach true maturity, whilst also retaining acid and freshness in the wines. This in turn gives the wines an elegance in youth but also the ability to age.
The farm is planted to cultivars that are best suited to this environment, namely Sauvignon Blanc (11Ha), Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sémillon and Syrah (approx. 1.5Ha). Whilst the Sauvignon Blanc grapes are the oldest grapes on the farm, we are seeing real potential in the younger Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines.
The soil types are noticeably varied with decomposed granite and quartz/sandstone being the more dominant. Interestingly the farm has lines of Limestone/Chalk which is especially significant for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Farming Practices and Viticulture
We not only believe in sustainable practices that take into account the holistic health of the farm organism, but also which improve the quality of the produce on the farm on a continuous basis.
Essential elements of our viticulture practices include cover cropping, mulching and composting.
All our vines are trellised (on a wire system, no bush vines) and are spur pruned.
Average age of the vines range from 12 to 15 years.