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Haut Espoir Winery

3 Excelsior Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4000
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A very good wine tasting experience

Haut Espoir Winery is in a beautiful hilltop location with wonderful grounds and views of the... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2018
windswept361
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Sudbury, Canada
Wine tasting and farm tour

Great wine tasting informative . Rob made our visit so interesting with his views on biodiversity... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
Pamela C
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West Malling, United Kingdom
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Haut Espoir is a boutique wine estate and cellar in Franschhoek, South Africa. Developed and run by the Armstrong Family since 1999, we produce distinctive, handcrafted wines in harmony with nature. The literal translation of Haut Espoir is 'High Hope'. We are the custodians of a 23 hectare farm, of which 8 hectares are planted with shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc. The remainder of the land is dedicated to fynbos restoration, a riverine ecosystem, olive groves and vegetable and herb garden. At Haut Espoir, winemaking goes hand in hand with conservation. We have been transitioning to biodynamic agriculture since 2011. We focus on minimal impact to the environment with our viticultural practices. We have actively restored the environment around us andno fungicides, insecticides or commercially bought fertilisers are used. Water conservation is practised daily and our winery effluent is managed through a bio-reactor and wetland system.
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3 Excelsior Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Haut Espoir Winery is in a beautiful hilltop location with wonderful grounds and views of the surrounding mountains. The wine tasting room has large windows so one may enjoy the view while tasting the wines. The Haut Espoir wine selections presented for the tasting were...More

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Rob A, Owner at Haut Espoir Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Hi, many thanks for your kind words and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience and time at Haut Espoir.

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Great wine tasting informative . Rob made our visit so interesting with his views on biodiversity. And how it is working for them . Fantastic views from the farm beautiful winery well worth a visit.

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Rob A, Owner at Haut Espoir Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thanks Pam for your review and comments

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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Having tasted the wines at Le Coin and enjoying Cloud Fall we wanted to visit this estate. Fantastic setting - easy to find and lots of parking - wine tasting area is new but lovely light and airy - excellent and informative knowledge of the...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Had an incredible visit today! Rob was the perfect host. From the wine tasting through the cellar where we met the puff adder, it was fun, entertaining and inspirational! For anyone into biodynamic farming, Haut Espoir does it all...from the cows horn to the moon...More

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

My wife and I always look forward to coming back to our favourite winery in the entire Cape region. Set away from the crowds of the wine tram or hustle bustle of the village, Haut Espoir is a refined yet casual tasting experience expertly carried...More

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

We were blown away by not only the quality of these wines produced by this small wine farm, but by the sustainable farm practices that go into the production of these amazing wines. It just goes to show that caring for the earth does not...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

What an amazing little gem Haut Espoir is! With views of the beautiful Franschhoek mountains, it certainly was one of the best wine-tasting experiences we have had. Rob's passion and vast knowledge of biodynamic/organic farming practices, used on his farm, is reflected in the quality...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Reallllllly! Specify this. Business is so quete but your so special you don't need guests. What a waste of time.More

Thank Michellé O
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Rob A, General Manager at Haut Espoir Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Hi Michelle. Sorry to read your review, and I would hate to waste anyones time, did you struggle to make a reservation or booking to taste with us? Even though it is a quiet time of the year, we still operate by appointment only. I...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2017

We had originally planned to just hop in and out of a bunch of different wineries all day but Rob is such an awesome host we just threw our plans out the door and stuck around tasting all of the different wines, got a tour...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This is the best tasting we ever did! Very good explanation by the wine maker and she is very passionate! The wines are amazing as is the location!

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