THE VINEYARDS

SLENT – OLD VINEYARDS

SLENT has a wide variety of soils, micro-climates and altitudes above sea level, which are a great blessing to a wine farmer. It is a perfect location for Chenin Blanc and Shiraz, but on this farm, many crops can be grown, given the right choice of site. After much research into both cultivation and marketing, we decided to focus on what are uniquely South African cultivars – Pinotage and Chenin Blanc.

The oldest vines on the farm were planted in 1986, Chenin blanc and Sauvignon blanc, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon in 1989, Merlot and Shiraz in the 90’s. These blocks are still productive today and produce grapes of high quality.

FUTURE AYAMA STARS

As of from 2012, we have planted more Pinotage, Chenin blanc bush vine, Viognier, Grenache blanc, and Grenache Noir. In 2014, we planted Carignan and Petit Syrah. We are still planting new vineyards of these varietals, some of them bush vines, which will produce more iconic wines in the future.

Being Italians, with a family wine background and connections with Italian viniculture, we co-operated with a Wellington nurseryman to introduce the first Vermentino into South Africa, which we planted in 2014. This white grape from Sardinia will be a unique addition to our range, and we hope it will be very popular with our customers. The first harvest was in 2016 and we are releasing the very first bottles produced in South Africa in April 2017. Stay tuned!