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South Africa’s Old Vine Project

South Africa’s Old Vine Project

The Old Vine Project (OVP) in South Africa is the first project of its kind in the world, certifying the authenticity of wines stating to be made from old vines. It will allow producers to put a Certified Heritage Vineyards seal on bottles of wine made from vineyards that are thirty-five years and older, stating the planting date for added interest.

The project is the brainchild of viticulturalist Rosa Kruger who has been championing and documenting old vines since 2002. In 2016 she joined forces with André Morgenthal, former communications manager at Wines of South Africa, and the OVP was formalised. As well as certifying provenance for these wines, the project is helping to protect the country’s old vineyards, many of which were at risk of being replanted with younger, more ‘in demand’ vines and varieties.

We are delighted that two of our producers are members of the OVP: Darling Cellars and DeMorgenzon. Darling Cellars’ Old Bush Vine Chenin Blanc hails from vines planted in 1980, while the OBV Cinsaut is made from vines planted in 1978. DeMorgenzon’s Chenin Blanc vines (Reserve and The Divas) were planted in 1972.

You can find further details about the project, and the wines mentioned above, on the OVP website.