Hemel-en-Aarde is Afrikaans for “heaven and earth” and the claim is justified. The Ataraxia estate sits on a particularly heavenly stretch of land beneath a lofty peak of the Babylon’s Tower mountain range. In addition to its unrelenting beauty, Ataraxia is home to some of the most spectacular terroirs South Africa has to offer.
In 2004, The Skyfields Farm was visioned into the Ataraxia wine label when husband and wife, Kevin and Hanli Grant and a few friends purchased this 47-hectare prime vineyard property.
More than a decade later, they are associated with crafting wines of incredible finesse, balance and depth; wines that proudly hold their own on the international wine stage.
Situated within the Walker Bay wine region, Hemel-en-Aarde lies west of Cape Agulhas, Africa’s southernmost tip, and covers some of the most dramatically beautiful terrain in the Western Cape. With its close proximity to the South Atlantic Ocean, the climate is particularly mild, ideal for growing cooler-climate loving grapes.
There are fourteen soil types on Ataraxia derived from the deposits of Table Mountain Sandstone, Cape Granite and Bokkeveld Shale. Collectively, these deposits make up the geology of the Hemel-en-Aarde area and can be traced back more than 1000 million years.
Lying as it does on the most elevated section of the Hemel-en-Aarde area, the convoluted landscape is unique. All the vineyards are planted on these elevated, predominantly south-facing slopes.
Kevin Grant describes himself as the Soil Man – he is passionate about the land and the terroir (soil) at his vineyards in South Africa.
His wines reflect that passion and he creates just 4 wines – the best the land can give.
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