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That Wine Demesne History & Location
Demesne: (n)/di’mein, di’mi:n – The Lord’s waste. A piece of land attached to the manor and retained by the owner (the Lord) for their own use.
In touching distance of the small coastal town of Plettenberg Bay in an area called The Crags, lies our tiny wine farm That Wine Demesne. Here in a secret corner, cooled by mist and sea breezes funnelled through the gorges of The Crags are our vineyards and two self-catering cottages. Planted on 1.5 hectares, our Pinot Noir vines drive their roots deep into stone and clay to produce an unforgettable wine: That Wine Demesne.
We started That Wine Demesne in December 2012 whilst taking our daily afternoon walk with the dogs – glass of wine in hand. David looked across at neighbouring Bramon Wine Estate and said, “what about we do a small field?”. After a very informative dinner with the Thorpes (it all seemed so easy), we decided wine it was, and Pinot Noir our cultivar of choice. Brave, or foolhardy? Without any more ado we dived head-first into the world of viticulture, vines were planted and That Wine Demesne was born.
We solely produce Pinot Noir and although we currently do not have a Tasting Room open to the public, the farm boasts two comfortable pet-friendly self-catering cottages for couples and families. Our wine can be tasted right next door, at Bramon Wine Estate, just 500 metres metres away.
That Wine Demesne Operating Hours
Wine Tasting: available at neighbouring Bramon Wine Estate, usually open daily during summer 11.30am-5pm.
** That Wine Demesne is only open to the public for Overnight Stays **
Cottages: available year round – please refer to Accommodation below.
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.
That Wine Demesne Wine Tasting
That Wine Demesne is a single vineyard 100% Pinot Noir. Lustrous garnet red in colour, primary aromas of black cherry, strawberry, hints of truffle and caramel. Gentle aging in French Oak barrels gives complex, delicate structure. Long in the mouth. Moderate tannins, good acid spikes.
That Wine Demesne was awarded Gold for the 2018 vintage by the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2020 and Gold for the 2020 vintage at the Gilbert & Galliard International blind tasting awards.
Our wine can be tasted as part of a wider tasting at Bramon Wine Estate next door, just a 2 minute drive away.
Wine Tasting Prices
Prices from R80pp for 3 wines, R120pp for 5 at Bramon Wine Estate.
That Wine Demesne Restaurants
Please note there are no dining facilities at That Wine Demesne, however the restaurant at Bramon Wine Estate is just 500m from the farm. Alternatively, there are a variety of wine estates open for lunch in The Crags, as well as other restaurants in the vicinity, while the town of Plettenberg Bay is approximately 20 minutes’ drive away.
That Wine Demesne Tours & Activities
Currently That Wine Demesne does not offer any tours, but it is central to a variety of activities in the area.
That Wine Demesne Accommodation
At That Wine Demesne, there are two comfortable self-catering cottages: ‘That Place’ and ‘Ons Hoek’.
‘That Place’ is a 2 level house with 3 bedrooms – a King, Double and Twin (ideal for kids), plus 2 bathrooms. The house has an open-plan design, with a free-flow of movement from the outside deck areas into the main living space. The kitchen is well equipped, the lounge has comfy couches and an open fireplace, Smart TV, plus the undercover verandah features a braai (BBQ). The house also includes a private swimming pool and sauna. Pets are welcome and wide balconies show forest and pastoral views, rich bird-life and if you’re lucky, elephants wandering through their paddocks across the valley!
‘Ons Hoek’ is filled with our parents’ books, treasures and knickknacks. This warm and comfortable 2 bedroom 1 bathroom house. The en-suite bathroom is off the one bedroom with step-up bath and shower & basin (no loo), while the powder room (loo & basin) is adjacent the second bedroom. There is an open-plan living area with lounge and fireplace, intimate dining area, well equipped kitchen and verandah with braai (BBQ). The fully enclosed garden, which is lovely for dogs as it’s very spacious, includes a lily pond and overlooks the Tsitsikamma Mountains, Elephant Sanctuary and Bramon Wine Estate.
That Place is priced from R2400 for the house per night, on a self catering basis. Ons Hoek is priced from R1250 for the cottage per night, on a self catering basis. Pets welcome.
Please refer to www.thatwine.co.za for more information.
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