TANAGRA is an idyllic wine farm close to McGregor and part of the Robertson Wine Route and Route 62 at the border of the Klein Karoo (Western Cape, South Africa. We produce handcrafted wines in a boutique wine cellar and stylish Grappa and Eau de Vie in our boutique distillery. An old wild fig tree gave the farm its name, 'Tanagra' - it echoes the Khoisan expression for a well-shaded place. This giant tree canopies the historic homestead and winery, providing welcoming shade during the hot days of summer.
Robert and Anette Rosenbach took over Tanagra in March 2009, when they came here with their 3 cats (all the way from Germany) to make a long-held dream come true – to come and live on a farm in South Africa, and share this with others.
Robert and Anette originally come from the Moselle area in Germany which has a longstanding history of wine-making. They’ve grown up in an environment dominated by wine. Anette’s grandfather cultivated vines on the steep slopes of the Moselle valley.
In their earlier lives Anette was a linguist and Robert, a business consultant. Apart from their jobs they also loved nature, space and good wine and food, and they had found all that when they began travelling through South Africa in 1996. They also felt that their secure lives could do with a bit of a kick. Running a wine and guest farm in South Africa seemed an alternative and challenge worth trying.
In their first 8 months they restored various units (apartments and cottages) on the farm to extend it to a guest farm. At the same time they continued with the farm activities and the winery. In December 2009 they built up the still they had brought with them from Germany and started the boutique distillery.
So far, it has been an extraordinary experience for them.
They learn every day, meet remarkable people and make new friends..
We use traditional methods like natural yeast and whole berry fermentation to create handrafted wines typical of the terroir and microclimate of our farm at the border of the Klein Karoo. The grapes are all harvested and selected by hand and the (red) wines are all wild-yeast and wholeberry fermented and matured at least 12 months in (neutral) French cask. These limited release wines are grown on the deep, red Karoo soils as nature intended, with minimal interference.
Our flagship wines are our Single Vineyard wines which come from the series of vineyards we named 'Trails of Tanagra', as they are situated along our farm trails: the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, and the Cabernet Franc (first vintage 2014). Our Carah is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend. Unusual for the area is our Blanc de Noir, made from 100% Cabernet Franc -- crisp and dry, salmon colour and with intense strawberry flavours. Our Heavenly Chaos continues to be an ever popular, easy-drinking and somewhat lighter red-wine blend.