OUR RICH HERITAGE
Ideally situated between Franschhoek and Paarl, on the slopes of the Wemmershoek Mountain, lies Freedom Hill Vineyards.
The wine range derives its name from the fact that the vineyards overlook the legendary Victor Verster prison (now the Drakenstein correctional services facility), where the late, former President Nelson Mandela took his first steps to freedom.
In 1997, Francois Klomp, an engineer by profession, and his wife, Adila, fell in love with the beautiful 82-hectare farm. Combining their talents with those of a small, inspired team, they set out to develop a unique range of red wines from the farm as well as white wines from the Western Cape region. Freedom Hill Vineyards opened its cellar doors in November 2004.
The family’s eldest daughter, Chanine, represents the new generation of Freedom Hill wine drinkers and has been the inspiration and drive behind the new look and feel labels, carrying the spirit of freedom into their wines for the next generation. In keeping with the minimalistic look & feel of the old labels, the new label illustrates the Cape Sugarbird above the name, which symbolises the freedom that has been the inspiration behind the wine range originally.
The colourful history of the farm dates back to 1699, when it was part of the farm La Paris, which had been obtained by the French Huguenot, Francois Retief. The original farm measured 414 hectares and was subsequently subdivided into 11 portions.