Richard inspecting the first Syrah grapes
Signing delivery of first grapes

Richard Hilton Vineyards began in 2003 with it’s first vintage of Syrah made from 2 tons of grapes sourced from a grower on the west coast of South Africa, just outside the small hamlet of Darling. A mindful decision was made to focus on the varietal of Syrah due to the prevailing Cape Atlantic (often referred to Mediterranean) climate and high composition of decomposed granite found as a sub-strait to the complex and ancient soils of the Cape wine region, dating back to the existence of the super-continent of Gondwana some 550 million years ago.


Checking the sugar level
Sorting grapes

In 2007 a second wine was added to the ‘stable’ in the form of Viognier, a grape varietal that was only first planted in the Western Cape of South Africa in the 1989. This was a natural progression in the specialization of these two Rhone varietals which so perfectly suit the Cape’s soils and climate.


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Richard Hilton Vineyards now works closely with two growers and specialist viticulturists, namely Tjuks Roos in the Helderberg region of Stellenbosch and Richard Rose in Elgin. Current production is still very small as the focus continues to be quality driven in the pursuit of creating fine wines that accompany the finest of cuisine. Since 2003 the production has grown to +/- 25 tons per annum crushed at the private cellar of Welgewallen, located in the historic town of Stellenbosch (second oldest town in South Africa), where Hilton Vineyards is a tenant, owning purely the grapes, wines and barrels produced within this winery facility.