Highberry Wine Farm

The farm was established in 2003 when 30 hectares were purchased from an existing farm. A further 30 hectares were subsequently purchased in 2010, bringing the total to 60 hectares, of which 40 are planted to vines.

Only 1,5 hectares of the original vineyards were deemed good enough to retain. A further 38,5 hectares were replanted over a period of 7 years as a part of an integrated development programme undertaken under the auspices of Professor Eben Archer, retired head of Stellenbosch University's Department of Viticulture. The location of various varieties, clones and rootstock was determined as a result of thorough soil and aspect analyses. All vines are drip irrigated.

The farm is owned by the Parker family, and all members of the family participate in its activities:

Sons Craig and Timothy (both ardent but exasperated Arsenal football supporters) named it Highberry - a twist on Highbury, Arsenal's former home ground - thereby accentuating the height at which the vineyards have been established.
Daughter Leanne has designed the Highberry wine labels and website (and recently got married to Justin on the farm), while Linda (mother) has gained quite a following for her Mission olives that she bottles each year (made from olive trees on the farm.)
André oversees the farming operation, where he relies heavily on the skills of the excellent Edward Etson, long-standing Highberry farm manager, while Professor Archer continues to supply inputs regarding viticulture best practice.

We are in the process of obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals for tasting and function facilities on the farm — watch this space.