In Their Words
Sijnn History & Location
15 kilometres from the sea in the eastern corner of the rugged Agulhas Wine Region lies Sijnn Wines. We are a beautiful pioneering wine estate in the middle of nowhere at the end of a long, dusty, bumpy road at the Southern tip of Africa in Malgas.
David and Rita Trafford discovered the future Sijnn land while on holiday in Malgas in 2000. The soil and landscape reminded them of Portugal and they were immediately intrigued. A purchase agreement and more than 200 soil profiles later, approximately 10 hectares of vines were planted and the name Sijnn Wines was appropriated to the venture – fittingly so as the word ‘sijnn’ is derived from the Khoisan word meaning riverbank.
At Sijnn, everything we do revolves around our unique location and terroir. We believe in natural farming and natural winemaking – and focus our skills on blending Mediterranean-style varieties that are best suited to our climate. We are well known for our interesting and bold choices of cultivars and award-winning blends. We look forward to welcoming you!
Sijnn Operating Hours
Wine Tasting: open Mon to Sat 10am-3pm.
Cellar Tours: on request, please contact the estate.
All times, prices and facilities listed are subject to change. We recommend checking latest details directly with the farm and pre-booking experiences wherever possible, to avoid disappointment.
Sijnn Wine Tasting
Sijnn is a true unicorn within the Cape Winelands. Located in Malgas, it was the first growth appellation in the entire region. 15km from the sea, the maritime climate is warm, but not too hot, moderated by southerly winds off the ocean late morning just about every day, especially in summer. Due to the low vigour and low yields from the poor soils and dry climate, all the vines are grown as bush vines, in a natural way adapting to their environment with gentle help from the human hand.
Our core range includes our Sijnn Red Blend, Sijnn White and Sijnn Saignee. More recently we started bottling straight varietals separately. These have been well received and the range now includes a Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional, among other limited edition bottles. We welcome all visitors to our winery for a curated tasting of our limited edition wines, paired with an optional snack platter.
Wine Tasting Prices
Wine tasting costs R100pp, which is waived for each bottle of wine purchased. The snack platter costs R250 for 2 people and includes cured meats, cheeses, bread and local preserves.
Please note there is no restaurant at Sijnn Wines however snack platters are available. Alternatively, options are available in the village of Malgas, approximately 5-10 minutes drive away.
Sijnn Tours & Activities
Should you be interested in a cellar tour, please contact the estate and they will confirm details.
When Lucy Visited
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