Broad Valley Farm was purchased by David and Leigh Kretzmar as a country getaway for their family and friends.
David had farmed cattle and sheep in the Kimberley district of South Africa for many years and Broad Valley represented an exciting and challenging opportunity for him and Leigh to create an altogether different farm experience to that of the dusty, dry Northern Cape.
OUR BROAD VALLEY JOURNEY
When we acquired Broad Valley it was an extremely run-down property with no vineyards and very little infrastructure to speak of.
Inspired by the natural beauty of the land, we set about restoring and repairing everything and carefully considering our farming options. In 2010, we planted Pinot Noir vineyards as well as an olive grove which is now producing extra virgin oil. In 2015, we planted a much anticipated Chardonnay block.
WHERE WE ARE
We are situated in the picturesque Overberg region on the southern Coast of South Africa.
Broad Valley Farm is located in the Klein Rivier Valley (off of the R320), 16km SW of Caledon, and 20km NE of the R43 Hermanus / Hemel-en-Aarde junction. The Klein Rivier Valley runs West to East with the prevailing winds being directed by the valley sides, bringing a cooling maritime influence to the farm.
The vineyards are North-facing at an approximate altitude of 260m above sea-level. Directly South of the farm lies the Klein Rivier Mountains which rise sharply from the maritime plain of Hermanus to a maximum altitude of 964m. The Babylonstoren mountain range framing the North of the Valley, rises to a maximum height of 1167m.
The soils are shale and sandstone dominated with clay substrata with depth levels of subsoils adding minerality and complexity.