One of the Cape`s more recent wine estates, having been purchased by the Laibach-Kuehner family in the early 1990’s, enabling the family to fulfil their life-long ambition of owning a vineyard. Under their direction the estate has been replanted and modernised, as well as embracing the principles of organic viticulture.
Laibach use a blend of tradition and innovation to produce wines of outstanding quality that best reflect the unique terroir and micro climate of the Simmonsberg region near Stellenbosch. The terroir of lean, deep red soils and cool maritime winds from nearby False Bay produces grapes of concentrated fruit and excellent structure from the vines on their north east facing slopes.
The estates philosophy is to use viticulture methods to manage their vineyards that enhances the ecological balance of the vineyards natural cycle, as well as integrating the different parts of viticulture into an ecological whole.
Managed by the very likeable Mike Malherbe, a totally fanatical grape grower, and in tandem with the exceptionally talented winemaker, Francois van Zyl, they endeavour to craft wines that reflect both the identity of the different grape varieties and the terroir.