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BREEDEKLOOF

The Du Toitskloof mountain range feeds the Breederiver and our farm with crystal clear water. The Breedekloof valley is home to some of the oldest soils in the world that originate from the mountain ranges that surround it. These old soils have great complexity that allow for a wide range of grape varieties to be grown here. The moderate weather conditions throughout the growing season allows for the grapes to have one of the longest growing seasons, hence it is known as the valley of the slow ripening vines.

STOFBERG FAMILY VINEYARDS | FARMING

Pieter Stofberg, the owner of the farm has always believed that quality starts in the vineyard. The vineyards are carefully managed by hand, with operations such as suckering, leafing, tipping and harvest still done by hand - keeping to the concept of making truly hand-crafted wines. Integrated pest control is used on the farm with as minimum as possible interference from nature.

Le Belle Rebelle

LE BELLE REBELLE | WINERY & DISTILLERY

Le Belle Range (Estate)

This wine range is the Beautiful Estate range. Winemaker Mariette uses only grapes from Stofberg Family Vineyards in the production of these wines. It focusses on expressing the terroir of the Breedekloof and more specifically the soils on the farm. Vineyards are carefully managed to fit with each of the vines. Due to the size of the operation the grapes can be harvested when it reaches optimum ripeness. This wine range includes;  

Rebelle Range (Innovative)

This is the non-Estate wine range as grapes from other regions is used in producing these wines. It focuses on innovation, combining some of the best that the rest of South Africa has to offer and giving the winemaker the best “ingredients” to make some extraordinary wines.  More daring wine techniques from around the world are used to make more complex and risky wines. This first wine to be released in this range is a Method Charmat style sparkling wine.

Distillery

The distillery was started in 2015 when the Belle Rebelle team decided to start the production of vintage estate brandy. Annually the team produce 4 barrels of high quality brandy from grapes produced by the farm. As regulations require it to be in barrels for 100 months, the public still has 4 years to wait for the first bottle to be released.

 

The production of Gin started in 2016 with the introduction of the Fijnbos Fields Gin with Confetti Bush, Honey Bush and Buchu as main fynbos ingredients. In the first year after the release it won Double Gold at the Michelangelo International wine and spirits competition. The African Dry Gin was launched the following year and new packaging to be launched in 2019. 

Awards

Wine & Gin

GOLD WINE AWARDS

Gold

Mía Shiraz 2016 

 

MICHELANGELO WINE AWARDS

Double gold

Mariëtte Chenin blanc 2017

Old N1 Fjinbos Fields Gin

Old N1 African Dry Gin

Gold

Mariëtte Pinot blanc 2017

Mariëtte Chardonnay MCC 2013

 

VERITAS WINE AWARDS

Gold

Mariëtte Chardonnay MCC 2013

Silver

Mariëtte Chenin blanc 2017

Mariëtte Pinot blanc 2017

Mariëtte Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Mía Shiraz 2016

Mía Pinot noir Rosé 2017

Bronze

Mía Chenin blanc 2017

 

TIM ATKIN

Score 91

Mariëtte Pinot blanc 2017

Israel Chardonnay 2017

Score 90

Mariëtte Chardonnay MCC 2013

Mía Shiraz 2016

Meet our Team

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The winemaker and heartbeat of Le Belle Rebelle. Being inspired by her grandfather she went to study BSc Agriculture Viticulture and Oenology at University of Stellenbosch. Loving to travel the world, she was privileged to worked at various cellars in South Africa, California and France. Her dream of coming back to the family farm and produce boutique wines with her father became a reality in 2012 when Stofberg Family Vineyards were established. She is very passionate about wine, the wine industry and the people that she can share this journey with.

Winemaker / Shareholder

(BSc Agric, Viticulture & Oenology)

Mariëtte stofberg coetzee

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The oldest son of PJD Stofberg (Snr.) and the inspiration to the establishment of Le Belle Rebelle. He grew up on the the family farm Klipdrift in Rawsonville and today live on Stofberg Family Vineyards. This journey enabled him to work alongside his oldest daughter, Mariette to share their passion for the vineyards and wines. He love to show off his breeding talent with his White Dorper Stud and Poultry winning numerous accolades. His true pleasures in life is his four daughters, spending time on his Karoo farm and being the Master Distiller at Le Belle Rebelle.

Farmer / Shareholder

(B Agric)

Pieter Stofberg

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Deon is full time employed as Marketing Advisor at Villa Crop Protection, but forms part of the Stofberg Family Vineyards team as an non-active member of the Closed Corporation. As shareholder he gives financial and strategic guidance to the rest of the team. His passion to change the lives of people and create a better life for all, drives him to challenge the status quo in the wine industry.

Shareholder

(BSc Agric, MBA)

Deon Coetzee

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After leaving school at the age of 15, Israel Delport started out as a general farm worker to support his family. With his good attitude and willingness, he quickly become a tractor driver and then were selected to be the cellar hand at Stofberg Family Vineyards. As Stofberg Family Vineyards is a boutique winery with not much work in the off season, he kept himself busy with studying wine.

 

After two seasons in the cellar he completed Skop 1-3 and were selected out of many to represent South Africa in Burgundy, France on an exchange program. From the knowledge gained in Burgundy he made this Chardonnay under the guidance of Mariëtte Stofberg Coetzee. “A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

Cellar Hand

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Isreal delport

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