The History of Bramon
Situated in The Crags, 20 kms east of Plettenberg Bay, the pioneer vineyard in Plettenberg Bay was planted by Peter and Caroline Thorpe.
Peter, who grew up on a wine farm in Worcester, had a passion for wine and it was this passion that inspired him to turn a 5ha plot of gently sloping land with cooling sea breezes into the very first vineyard on the Garden Route which he named after their children, Bram and Manon.
Wine-making at Bramon
Bramon is home to the main wine cellar in the area – built in 2010 with a capacity for 250 tonnes.
During our visit to Bramon we were lucky enough to have short tour of the cellar with the iconic Plett winemaker Anton Smal, who gave us a first hand look at the clever contraptions they have created to help them with the labour intense method of making MCC and then regaled us with tales of their vineyard rivals… the baboons, birds and bush pigs!
Anton started producing wine at Bramon in 2011. Many people ask him whether, with just one winemaker making wine for so many farms, the wines don’t all start to taste the same? But he is quick to point out that this is certainly not the case as the Plett Wine Route stretches for 57km from Harkerville to the Crags and this means that every vineyard has a unique terroir and microclimate… not to mention a different owner who favours particular varietals and styles of wine!
“We can’t dominate; nature dictates what we produce.”
– Anton Smal, Wine Maker
After our cellar tour we enjoyed a morning soaking up the rays of wintery sun while overlooking the vineyards and Tsitsikamma Mountains.
At Bramon the restaurant seating spills out into the vineyards, with tables situated between the rows of bubbly block of vines!
It’s the perfect setting to sip on a glass of MCC featuring the fruits of the vines (just be sure to book in advance if you’re planning a leisurely lunch here during high season – mid-Dec to mid-Jan.)
The Wines of Bramon Wine Estate
Since 2000, Bramon has continued to push the boundaries of wine-making with award winning Methode Cap Classique’s and a beautiful still range of wine known as “The Crags”.
We sampled the Sauvignon Blanc 2015 vintage and enjoyed it’s green harvest notes on the nose and quince, pear and peach when tasting.
The Nectar was one of my personal favourites, this Sauvignon Blanc blend is an easy-drinking summer staple with hints of pineapple, lime and litchi.
It’s worth mentioning that the cooler climate of this region results in superb white wines that can age really well for up to 10 years! Unheard of for white wine!
Another wine worth tasting during a trip to Bramon is the That Wine Pinot Noir which is grown in the neighbouring vineyard.
Accommodation in Plett near The Crags – Stay at Bramon
If you’re keen to linger longer at Bramon or are want to find accommodation in The Crags so you can spend more time enjoying in this pretty part of the Garden Route, then you’ll be pleased to know that there is a stunning little self-catering cottage perched on the lip of the Buffels gorge right on the Bramon Wine Estate.
Waterfall Cottage offers authentic accommodation with views of the forested gorge, gushing waterfall and beyond to the Tsitsikamma Mountains. The cottage has two bedrooms with en-suite balconies, one with an en-suite bathroom. There is a large open plan kitchen/dining/lounge area with a sleeper couch, a baby cot and a fireplace.
This is a perfect spot for a romantic weekend away or a cosy winter getaway for the whole family. The rate is R2000 per night for the whole cottage!
For more about Bramon Wine Estate watch my short video about our visit…
Where to buy Bramon Wine
Keen to sample some of the Bramon wine for yourself? Delivery of Bramon wines can be arrange around the country at R180/ case (email your order) or they can be purchased at Thyme & Again farm stall shop situated on the N2 opposite the Keurbooms River and Keurboomstrand turn off.
Contact Bramon Wine Estate
Tel: +27 (0) 44 534 8879/ +27 (0) 73 833 8183
Images: All thanks to @jaredincpt as I had a technical issue (I thought my camera had died BUT it was on a self-time…. yes! I realise that makes me sound VERY blonde indeed!)