Axe Hill Winery

Verified
Axe-Hill-White-Port.jpg
Axe-Hill-White-Port.jpg
Axe-Hill-Trophy.jpg
Mike-Neebe.jpg
Axe-Hill-personnel.jpg
-33.5172981,21.6876078
Wesoewer Road Calitzdorp Western Cape 6660 ZA

Trading Hours

Monday to Sunday:  By appointment only
Public Holidays:  By appointment only

General info

Proprietor:  Axe Hill Winery (Pty) Ltd
General Manager:  Mike Neebe
Winemaker:  Mike Neebe
Viticulturist:  Mike Neebe
Marketing:  Mike Neebe
Area under vines:  1.3 ha
Production:  6 to 9 tons
Brands:  Axe Hill
Wines:  Barrel fermented dry white wines; Chenin Blanc, Viognier. Dry reds made from traditional Portuguese cultivars. Port; Ruby, White, Vintage and Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) watch out for a Tawny!
Wine Tourism:  Visitors welcome by appointment.

More about us

Axe Hill was started by the late Tony Mossop and wife Lyn, at a remote site on the outskirts of Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo during 1993. Mike Neebe took over in 2007 and has just completed his 12th harvest (2018).

The area has been acclaimed for its fortified wines for many years and Calitzdorp is affectionately known as “the Port Capital of South Africa”. The unique micro-climate prevalent in the region is typically characterized by dry, arid conditions which add to the overall concentration of Portuguese varieties grown here. The name of the vineyard originates from the stone hand tools found on the farm and possibly used by pre-historic man over a quarter of a million years ago.

In exceptional years one vintage port is made from a blend of the traditional Portuguese varieties; Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca and Souzão. The wine is matured in old 500 litre French oak barrels after hand sorting and foot crushing in lagares for maximum extraction of flavours and colour. This method closely resembles traditional Portuguese port wine making techniques which have been in use for centuries.

Experimenting with a small range of dry white wines, the cellar is now producing two; Ambeintem – barrel fermented (wild yeast) Chenin Blanc 2017 – about to be released and an unusual barrel fermented Viognier from a neighbouring farm. These wines sell out long before the new vintages become available!

A dry, white port, is also produced. Chenin Blanc grapes are used in this drier style fortified wine. The wine is barrel-aged by the fractional blending of old to young wine so that each bottling is a fusion of ages, with the average age gradually increasing over the years. Axe Hill Cape White has its origins with the first vintage in 2003 and will continue to grow in complexity with future releases.

Apart from a Cape Ruby Port, Cape Vintage Port and LBV, a periodic Shiraz Dry Red – and some other unique dry reds, the cellar will soon release its sixth vintage of Machado (meaning axe in Portuguese) – (2015) a unique Dry Red blend made from Portuguese varietals Souzão, Touriga Nacional, Shiraz, Tinta Barroca – A Cape Port Producers Association Annual Challenge Top 10 and a Tim Atkin 92-point rating in 2017.

Meet the winemaker

axehill-team

Mike Neebe (LHS) and team

Mike Neebe is the winemaker at Axe Hill. He started making wine at Axe Hill in 2008, facing a daunting challenge to maintain Axe Hill standards. Mike spent a harvest at RAMOS PINTO in Portugal in 2010 honing his port and winemaking skills. He lives in Johannesburg commuting to Calitzdorp frequently.

His favourite wine from the cellar

Mike’s current favourite wine at Axe Hill is undoubtedly the blend known as Machado – which has been described as the “vinous equivalent of sheepskin slippers…” one of a kind, a bold, food-friendly wine made in a classical style.

Facts about Mike you probably did not know

He loves great food, classical music in the cellar, blended with the tranquillity of the Klein Karoo which is his antidote for the “warp” speed of Johannesburg.

 

Axe-Hill-Trophy.jpg 4 years ago
Axe-Hill-White-Port.jpg 4 years ago
Mike-Neebe.jpg 4 years ago
Axe-Hill-personnel.jpg 4 years ago
Showing 4 results
Du SwaRoo 3.4.jpg
-33.515761, 21.694192 0.61 km
+27 (0)44 213 3137+27 (0)44 213 3137
+27 (0)82 570 9955+27 (0)82 570 9955
+27 (0)44 213 3137
Trading Hours Monday to Saturday:  10h00 – 16h00 Sunday:  Closed Public Holidays:  10h00...
Herminashof 1.jpg
-33.5267155,21.6888613 1.12 km
More about us Withoek Cellar in Calitzdorp has renovated a small cottage, Herminashof, on the far...
Withoek-1.jpg
-33.5267155,21.6888613 1.12 km
Trading Hours Monday to Friday: Saturday: Sunday: Public Holidays: 09h00 – 16h00 By appointme...
Welgevonden Calitzdorp 4.jpg
St Helena Rd, Calitzdorp, 6660, South Africa 1.57 km
Welgevonden is a 4 room charming guest house on the outskirts of Calitzdorp but within walking di...
b3.jpg
-33.6132549,21.71205 1.88 km
Trading hours Monday to Friday:  09h00 – 17h00 Saturday:  09h00 – 16h00 Sunday:  1...
Calitzdorp Cellar-team 2017 web.jpg
-33.538208, 21.686153 Andries Pretorius Street, Calitzdorp 2.08 km
Trading hours Monday to Friday:  09h00 – 17h00 Saturday:  09h00 – 13h00 Sunday:  C...
De Krans Deli 1.jpg
-33.5404,21.6817413 2.38 km
General info The bistro is open every day of the week, from 11h00 to 16h00 (kitchen closes at 15h...
De-Krans-1.jpg
-33.5404,21.6817413 2.39 km
Trading Hours Monday to Sunday:  09h00 – 16h30 Public Holidays:  09h00 – 16h30 excluding Good ...
Peter-Bayly-1.jpg
-33.454977,21.759924 9.74 km
Trading Hours Monday to Sunday:  09h00 – 17h00 (Please phone ahead) General info P...
Boplaaas Platter.jpg
-33.6132549,21.71205 10.85 km
Stoepsit Bistro Boplaas Family Vineyards recently opened their Stoepsit Bistro at their cellar in...
Grunheim ingang.jpg
-33.6225118,22.0130369 37.07 km
 Trading Hours Monday to Friday:  09h00 – 17h00 Saturday:  09h00 – 13h00 Sunday:  ...
Ladismith-1.jpg
-33.5006655,21.2650613 38.99 km
General info Proprietor:  Southern Cape Vineyards General Manager:  André Simonis Winemaker:  ...
Rooiberg 2.jpg
-33.58837,21.2433301 42.19 km
A holiday custom fit to your heart’s desire in the cultural Klein Karoo with a private rang...
Mymering guest cottage.jpg
-33.497292, 21.174784 47.99 km
More about us Mymering farm near Ladismith is home to Hillock Wines and offers superb guest accom...
Hillock-1.jpg
-33.497292, 21.174784 47.99 km
Trading Hours Monday to Saturday:  10h00 – 17h00 Sunday :  Closed Public Holidays:  10h0...
Karusa hiking trail web.jpg
-33.476053, 22.243061 51.68 km
Trading Hours Monday to Friday:  09h30 – 16h00 Saturday:  10h00 – 14h30 Sunday:  Closed Public...
Karusa tapas web 2.jpg
-33.476053, 22.243061 51.68 km
More about us Karusa Wines and Craft Brewery is situated in Schoemanshoek near Oudtshoorn. Our wi...
Karusa accommodation 1.jpg
-33.476053, 22.243061 51.7 km
More about us Karusa farm cottages is situated in the heart of Cango Valley on the farm Vogelsa...
webwerf boek.jpg
Little Karoo, South Africa 68.68 km
Twenty-three restaurants and eateries from the Klein Karoo were recognized as winners of the 2017...
1 d.jpg
-33.54542,22.4428713 68.69 km
More about us Doornkraal Padstal has become a landmark attraction for Klein Karoo wines and uniqu...
Doornkraal-1.jpg
-33.54542,22.4428713 70.91 km
Trading Hours Monday to Friday:  09h00 – 17h00 Saturday:  09h00 – 14h00 Public holidays:...
Kleindoorn Guest House.jpg
Kleindoorn Guest House, Barrydale 78.34 km
We invite you to come and have a rest in a typical Karoo homestead dating back to 1834. This secl...
Herold-1.jpg
-33.859333,22.4512053 79.71 km
Trading Hours Monday to Saturday:  10h00 – 16h00 Sunday:  Closed Public Holidays:  10h00...
1h.jpg
-33.859333,22.4512053 79.71 km
More about us Herold Wines is situated in the Outeniqua Mountains near George and offers accommod...
Herold Venue ab.jpg
-33.859333,22.4512053 79.71 km
Looking for a intimate, romantic and memorable wedding venue?  Have your fairtytale wedding at He...
2doornkraal 2.jpg
-33.500017,22.584575 83.07 km
Founded by a passion for good horses and riding them in beautiful places. 2Doorn Equine verwys na...
Doornkraal kothuis 3.jpg
More about us Discover everyday life on a Klein Karoo farm with its many activities or simpl...
academy1.jpg
-33.9755865,22.4433293 86.32 km
Established in 2004, the Francois Ferreira Academy provides training excellence in Culinary Arts ...
Label Leaders George 4.jpg
-33.9716405,22.4709513 88.01 km
Label Leaders offer printing and finishing of top quality labels to the South African wine indust...
Vlakteplaas-1.jpg
-33.48368,22.706965 94.63 km
+27 (0)44 241 2568+27 (0)44 241 2568
+27 (0)82 821 3556+27 (0)82 821 3556
+27 (0)44 241 2240
Trading Hours Wines available at the Doornkraal Farm Stall on the R341 near De Rust. The coordina...
Garden Suite (003).jpg
Karoo Art Hotel is a quirky, relaxed and welcoming country hotel in Barrydale, a farming village ...
Cellar 1.jpg
-33.9135966,20.7195895 99.62 km
In the small village of Barrydale in the Western Cape, only 3.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town, hidd...
Showing 32 results

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This