• Wine Production

How it’s made

With so many factors counting against us at first glance, many people wonder how we can produce such wonderful wine. The unique micro climate of Neuras makes quality wine production possible as the cool west wind blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean cools the area down by so much as 8-10 degrees Celsius at night. The cooling effect with the protection from the hot east winds lets the grapes ripen much later than they would normally do in similar climatic conditions.
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By a series of geographical accidents the 14,400 hectare farm, the majority of which is stony desert or savannah grassland, includes a geological fault and the green splash of a natural oasis that is near-perfect terroir. Five springs provide copious quantities of pure water, the mountains shield the earth from the harsh desert wind and the alkaline soil is perfect for vines. Nevertheless, the grapes have to be harvested in the early hours, before they become too warm.

The cellar itself was built by Allan, using local materials such as stone, sand and wood from the area and using local builders who knew how to build with these materials; the building of the cellar had a very small carbon footprint as minimal transport was used in the building process. Neuras does not have electricity supply from Nampower and relies on a generator, solar panels and a battery system, thus making our wine production “GREEN”.
Current production on 3,000 bottles per year is harvested from the vineyard planted in 1997. In Sept 2013 the vineyard was expanded to another 3 ha on which Shiraz, Mourvedre and Grenache was planted. We will have production on that vineyard in 2016 which will increase our production to 15 000 bottles per year. We’ve also planted experimental vines such as Colombard, Pinotage, Tannat, Durif, Red Muscadel and Ruby Cabernet to expand our range in the future. Please email us directly at neuras@naankuse.com for any questions.