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Our Estate

Swartland & Paarl Region

Home of elegant artisanal wine

Doran Vineyards is located just off the R45 on the Swartland borders about 14 km from Wellington and 15 km from Paarl, with panoramic views of the Cape Winelands, which together with the quality soils, exposure, and weather conditions are the perfect ingredients for producing elegant, artisanal wines.

The Farm

Where vine stock and livestock thrive in harmony

Our beautiful estate is home to Aberdeen Angus cattle, Île-de-France sheep, and Bushveldt hens. In addition to the livestock, wildlife includes numerous grysbokkies (they just love to eat the young olive trees), steenbok, duikers, caracals, and bat-eared foxes. The farm dam hosts carp fish and a large collection of birds, ducks, and geese. Birdlife includes fish eagle, Egyptian geese, wild ducks, pelicans, blue cranes, rock pigeons, Cape weavers, and hadedas.

Terroir

The Diversity of our Farmland

Our terroir is the key ingredient of our wine, giving it its elegance and distinction. The diverse and exceptional quality of our soils, as well as the unique weather conditions of Swartland and Paarl, allow us to produce world-class wines that reflect the unique characteristics of the land.

2010

First exports

2011

Our first wine was made

2012

First premium wine made

2012

Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne vines planted

2014

Grenache Noir planted

Geography

The Paarl wine district lies to the north of Stellenbosch, and is bordered by the town of Wellington to the north-east, and the mountains of the Groot and Klein Drakenstein and Franschhoek ranges to the south-east.

Climate

The Paarl region enjoys a very hot and dry climate, with rain very rare in the summer months. Dry farming is very common in the area, with sea air from the Atlantic offering a vital moderating factor to the intense summer heat.

Terroir

The terroir naturally gives hearty, concentrated but fresh wines, ideal for serving with a variety of dishes including barbecued meats, game, and even bush meat!

Grapes

We hand-nurture our grapes from vine to table, crafting elegant wines that are a joy to drink and share with family or friends.

Taste

We believe that each varietal is unique and should be celebrated. That’s why we focus on wines that have a full-bodied taste, accentuating the unique characteristics of each varietal.

Winemaking

We combine the tradition and passion of generations of winemakers with cutting-edge technology to produce luxurious wines that are a testament to our uncompromising standards.