|Monday to Sunday: 09h00 – 17h00 (Phoning ahead recommended)|
|Proprietor: Peter & Yvonne Bayly
Winemaker: Peter Bayly
Viticulturist: Peter Bayly
Marketing: Peter Bayly
|Area under vines: 1.2 ha
Production: 5 000
Brands: Peter Bayly
Wines: Cape Vintage Port and Peter Bayly III
Wine Tourism: Visitors welcome Monday to Sunday from 09h00 – 17h00 (Phoning ahead recommended)
More about us
In the quaint Klein Karoo hamlet of Caltizdorp, world famous for its fine wines, dried fruits and hospitality, there is a winding dirt road that leads one out of town and into the picture perfect Groenfontein Valley. As the dirt road takes one ever deeper into the Groenfontein winding its way along the rambling Nel’s River and majestic hillsides covered in Spekbome, Aloes and all manner of Karoo succulents, you near an undiscovered vinous gem with the towering peaks of the mighty Swartberg as backdrop. At a hairpin right hander, one finds a small sign post with a portly golden flying pig emblazoned on it and then you know you’ve found the place where dreams do come true, as then you’ve found the Baylys and their secret patch of vines. Peter and Yvonne Bayly, headed into this secluded valley over a decade ago to fulfil their life-long dream of crafting artisanal wines and “live free-range” in one of the most majestic areas of South Africa.
At a bend in the river, with an imposing Spekboom covered hillside as shield, lies a meticulously tended 1.2 hectares of Tinta Barocca, Touriga Naçional and Souzão planted in between ancient red soils and glacial boulders. These Portuguese varietals were chosen by the Baylys in 2000, with the explicit aim of crafting the finest Cape Port and distinctive Klein Karoo red wines.
Although Groenfontein lies deep within the semi-arid Klein Karoo, it is blessed with an abundance of water, sniping cold winters and mild summers – the row direction and proximity of the vineyard to the massive hillside insure that they are in shadow from two o’clock onwards every day. These temperate conditions result in low yielding vines and a longer slower ripening period, which results in fruit with intense colour and flavour complexity. The exceptional fruit quality and artisanal wine making techniques – including natural fermentation in lagares (traditional Portuguese open-fermentation vessels), foot treading, manual pigeage, minimal pumping and maturation in seasoned large volume French oak barrels – result in limited quantities of distinctive handcrafted premium wines.
With all this said, all one really needs to do is open a bottle of the Baylys’ fine Cape Vintage Port, scintillating Cape White Port or the groundbreaking red blend, simply named III, and then you’ll be able to taste that “dreams do come true”.
Meet the owner/wine maker
Peter Bayly owned restaurants in the 70’s until 2004. He was the Founding partner of Ellerman House, a world renowned boutique hotel in Bantry Bay, Cape Town.
His favourite wine from the cellar
The Peter Bayly III is special due to the fact that our vineyard is located high up in the foot hills of the Swartberg and literally planted on rock with very little top soil, the vines struggle their way through layers of blue-black Swartberg slate/shale to find water and nutrients. Our unique location allows for a long slow ripening season, resulting in concentrated fruit and an elegant wine with low alcohol, good acidity, superb structure, great for accompanying hearty dishes and most importantly, a good glass to enjoy and share with friends, family or passers-by.
More about Peter
He is passionate about cars, loves to cook and enjoys cooking and sharing meals with family and friends.