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The history of the Asara Wine Estate goes back to 1691 when the two farms that make up the estate were first settled, a date that we celebrate today on the Asara logo and wine labels.
In 2000 the farms were bought by the current owners and combined to make a new estate, which, at 180 hectares, is one of the largest wine estates in the Cape Winelands.
The name Asara, in honour of Astar, Asis and Asase, North African gods of earth, sun and sky, to symbolise of the balance and harmony of nature which they wished to reflect in the estate’s wines.
The establishment of the new estate coincided with a renaissance in the South African wine industry as it emerged from the isolation and over-regulation of the apartheid era to become a modern, dynamic force in the wine world. This new era was matched at Asara by significant investment in vineyards and cellar, and an uncompromising approach to best practice in both viticulture and winemaking.
Winemaking at Asara is a collaborative effort led by winemaker Danielle Le Roux, who works closely with farm manager and viticulturalist Alan Cockcroft, and his assistant William Bussell. Danielle is assisted by Janette van Lill. Abe Beukes, a renowned figure in the South African wine industry, plays an important role as consultant.
The winemaking team follows a classic style of winemaking, guided by the philosophy of allowing Asara’s unique and special terroir to express itself in the wines through minimal cellar handling, and balanced and integrated oak as a platform for the fruit. The estate regularly enters its wines in international wine competitions and is rapidly building up an impressive list of awards.