Beautifully situated on the R45 between Klapmuts and Franschhoek, Backsberg celebrates 100 years of wine making this year (2016).
Founded by a penniless Lithuanian refugee, Charles Back, in 1916, the estate has gone from strength to strength over the years and is today managed by Simon Back, son of Sydney, son of Charles, very traditional, like the song Topol sings in “Fiddler on the Roof.”
However there is nothing quaint and old world about the Backs—they are as innovative as one can get, and have always been on the cutting edge. The range here is large and capped by their superb brandies, suitably named after Sydney Back. The tasting room shop is a delight to visit and their expanded restaurant is serving good wholesome country fare.
To celebrate their centenary they have created a special range of superb wines that was presented by Simon Back at a function last week. The wines include a Cape White Blend, (Chenin, Rousanne, Viognier) a Rousanne /Sauvignon match, a Cape Red Blend of Pinotage, Zinfandel, and Shiraz, and a superb Merlot 100% knockout and two others.
Backsberg Estate Paarl
Words: Greg Landman