In 1692, Willem Barend Lubbe, a German settler, began farming the site overlooking False Bay. He named the farm De Wolwedans, ‘The Dance of Wolves’, having mistaken for wolves the packs of jackals roaming the countryside. After Lubbe sold the farm in 1717 the farm changed hands multiple times until 1788 when Charles Marais and his 18 year old wife, Maria Magdalena Marais, bought the farm. Maria's daughter Anna Margaretha married Johannes Henoch Neethling in 1825 and he was made joint owner along with Maria's youngest son, Petrus Johannes Marais. Soon afterwards Petrus sold his portion of the farm to Johannes Henoch Neethling making him the sole owner, and De Wolwedans was changed to Neethlings's Hof.
In recent years the farm was managed by Distel, an arrangement that came to an end in 2017, and it is now wholly owned by the Schreiber family. The farm is blessed with eight distinguishable terroirs, each of them characterised by unique slopes, aspects and altitudes. Most soil types, e.g. Tukulu and Oakleaf, are of high to very high potential for viticulture and those are the soils that produce the grapes used at Neethlingshof.
Information sheet A melange of tropical fruit with elegant pear and guava flavours followed by floral notes. Medium-bodied and well balanced with a lingering aftertaste.
Information sheet The bouquet of honeysuckle and rose water are unmistakable with the complexity added by a twist of fresh orange zest and sweet honey. The palate confirms the floral flavours offering an initial sweetness while the perfectly-balanced acidity gives a crisp, dry impression at the end. Some litchi and kiwifruit characters come to the fore during the wines wonderfully-long finish
Information sheet Floral and violet fragrances interwoven with oak, spice and dark chocolate. Rich and full with plum and berry flavours, supported by soft tannins.
Information sheet Fruity with ample aromas of ripe banana and cinnamon and notes of plum and prunes. Medium-bodied teeming with berry flavours and a good tannic backbone.
Information sheet Abundant aromas of red berries, smoke, spice and leather. A full-bodied, rich, soft and succulent wine, packed with ripe red berry flavours. Elegant tannins make for an accessible and enjoyable wine that lingers on the palate.
Information sheet Golden yellow Fruit cake, dried apricot, honey and peach aromas. Concentrated fruit cake with honey and marmalade and good sugar
Information sheet Clear, luminous with green tints. Aromas of citrus and flowers (violets) with spicy undertones of aniseed and cloves. Youthful but full on taste with a complex mouth-feel and long aftertaste. Maturation potential: Ready to enjoy now or can be matured for a few years in the right environment.
Information sheet Ripe fruit and banana aromas with a background of vanilla oak. A rich and velvety palate with ripe fruit and vanilla flavours. Ready to enjoy now or can be matured for another decade. FOOD Excellent served with red meat dishes and game, especially hearty stews and casseroles.
Information sheet Clear, luminous with green tints. Ripe figs and gooseberries. Fresh and crisp with a lingering aftertaste of tropical fruits. Maturation potential: This full-bodied, complex wine with its racy acidity has the capacity to age for at least two years if correctly cellared.
Information sheet Rich fragrance of lees and notes of pear and citrus. Fresh, vibrant with rich layers of fruit and a crisp and lingering aftertaste.