Translated, DeMorgenzon means simply “the morning sun”. The vineyards are situated at the top, southern, and eastern slopes of Ribbokkop, and overlook the pinnacle of Kanonkop (Cannon hill). Each day the vines see the day’s first light to touch the Stellenboschkloof Valley, South Africa.
In 2003 Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum reached the top of the mountain so to speak and settled at DeMorgenzon. They have set about transforming it into a modern winery that is conscious of its history, in touch with its ecological diversity, and respectful of terroir. Exceptional in their own rights as individuals this “power couple” seem to have no bounds. Their philanthropic and public interest work never rests.
The DeMorgenzon team is youthful and passionate reflecting the optimism and intelligence of the estate’s Proprietors. GM and Head Winemaker, Carl Van Der Merwe, won’t hesitate to employ any method at his disposal to enrich and nurture his vineyards. He is on the cutting edge when it comes to ideas about viticulture. He believes in a biologically rich and diverse environment and plays Baroque music in the vineyards and in the cellar 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The wines of DeMorgenzon are touched and reflect the early light of the enlightened and progressive individuals responsible for making them.