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Jakkalsvlei, directly translated as Jackal’s Marsh, is a family-owned winery nestled in the beautiful, world-famous Garden Route. The Jonker family have been proud owners of Jakkalsvlei since 1972, and today it is farmed by 3rd generation Jonkers. The farmland is called Jakkalsvlei due to the abundance of foxes, jackals and wild cats seen in the Langeberg mountains and surrounding farmlands. While regularly hunting in the area, Oupa Nelis Jonker was inspired by the beautiful scenery and chose to acquire this special piece of land.
Herbertsdale offers good water, fertile soil and a warm/dry climate, making it a choice environment for farming fruit and vineyards.
In 1987, Oupa Nelis Jonkers son, Andrew Jonker planted the first Chenin Blanc vineyard. Jantjie Jonker, Nelis’s grandson, settled on the farm in 2007 and bottled the first wine under the Jakkalsvlei label in 2008, the Mount Cuvée and Hanepoot.
Jakkalsvlei opened its doors to the public in January 2010 and has been growing ever since. This decade was also celebrated with the launch of a premium wine collection.
Our exclusive Lord Jackal wine range is produced in limited quantities, with a focus on quality and taste. The Lord Jackal range consists of four premium wines from a wooded Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc to a Cape Vintage Reserve. Our wine is crafted with the utmost care to give you the best drinking experience.
Jakkalsvlei is situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain which is 40 km from the Indian Ocean. The farm produces roughly 500 000 litres annually from 61 Ha of operating vineyards. 24 Ha of vines from the farm are used in the production of our Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat and Pinotage being the most notable.
The cooler South Coast climate and sandstone soils make the area ideal for quality Sauvignon Blanc. North West from Jakkalsvlei, on the Northern side of the Langeberg Mountain, lies another 20 Ha with mostly Sauvignon Blanc planted in mineral-rich sandy loam soil and red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot in decomposed Koue Bokkeveld Shale. Chenin Blanc and Rhone White varieties are sourced from the hotter and dryer climate of the Klein Karoo with additional Sauvignon Blanc being brought in from the cool Waboomskraal region near George.
Our vision at Jakkalsvlei is to produce fine wines from the Garden Route that reflect the complexity, richness and diversity of our unique terroir.
Jakkalsvlei continues to be one of the Garden Route’s most popular destinations. For first-time visitors, it’s usually love at first sight after experiencing the breathtaking vineyard and mountain views that the farm has to offer. We hope that you and your family feel the same.