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Are You Strong Enough For Emotions?

It was a beautiful sunny day, when we first saw the farm. It was love at first sight: we knew this place was special and would mean so much to us. Both passionate about agriculture and wine, proudly Italian but in love with South Africa, with its history, its people and its awesome natural environment, we were looking for a farm to buy and live.

Michela and Attilio Dalpiaz

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Slent means land, people and passion. Grapes need tender, love and care – 62 hectares of vineyards,2.5 ha of pears and 9 ha of olives, 2ha artichokes, 4ha dedicated to special wheat and vegetables.  Slent means 55 people, adults and children, whose lives are invested in the farm.

2018 appointed, our manager, Talia Engelbrecht, is bringing all her passion, talent and proud running the day-to- day management. Elsenburg University her studies background. Our paths crossed 2 years ago when she started as Assistant Viticulturist and bringing lots of energy and positive ideas to the general management. Slent people have different stories, but they all have the same passion for wine, respect for each other and for the environment.

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When we first saw Slent, it felt as if we had finally come home. This amazing country was deep in our hearts.

Stone Age hand axes found on the farm speak to us of our earliest ancestors, and Slents’ more modern colonial history connects us to the pioneers who dared all to settle on these fertile slopes. We wish to keep this farm deeply connected to its vibrant past, and to grow the Slent and its’ people towards an even better future.

We have worked hard to understand climate, soils, varietals, bio-diversity and different cultures. It has taken some time to adapt our Italian roots to all this, but belief and passion gives us the ability to rise to the challenge, and the strength to succeed.

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The Cape winelands have some of the most breathtakingly beautiful views in the world. About 50 km from Cape Town, Paarl is situated beneath a large granite outcrop formed by three rounded domes, the prominent one named Paarl (which means pearl) Rock. The summers are long and warm, and rainfall rare. A large variety of grapes are grown in Paarl, of which Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc have the best potential.


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