09 Feb 2024

New Member - Brookdale Estate

Brookdale Estate is as unexpected as she is enchanting. Hugged by the tranquil valley and surrounded by natural beauty, Brookdale Estate offers some of the region’s most innovative wine creations. This sprawling country estate, crowned by a Manor House which overlooks manicured indigenous gardens, wild fynbos, dipping valleys and towering hills, serves as a unique, working wine farm where imagination meets skill. A true Cinderalla story, the estate was once overgrown and underused.

The Rudd family saw its enormous potential and acquired the property with a clear vision in mind – to create a world-class country estate that produces fine and interesting wine blends using unusual varieties in a South African context. Before vines could be planted, alien vegetation had to be cleared, and the balance of nature restored. The Rudd family successfully cleared the 67 hectares of land, salvaging a block of Chenin Blanc that would become its maiden release and planted the remaining 40 hectares with indigenous vegetation and gardens for guests of the Manor House to explore.

As ardent wine connoisseurs, Brookdale Estate is the pinnacle of the Rudd family’s passion. Here, Mediterranean varieties, a unique Paarl terroir and innovative winemaking techniques are brought together under the visionary hand of owner, Tim Rudd, and winemaker, Kiara Scott Farmer. Brookdale Estate is home to an elegant Manor House with sprawling gardens, a Bistro, Tasting Room and state-of-the-art Wine Cellar.