James McKenzie - owner, winemaker and easily one of the most interesting people you're ever likely to meet - began the dedicated restoration of Nabygelegen in mid-2001. This included extensive planting of new vineyards and the rejuvenation of the existing ones. With some vines planted in the 1940's and new plantings coming online yearly, their commitment to quality without compromise, is firmly on track!
Nabygelegen specialises in small productions of concentrated wines which have already gained worldwide critical acclaim. Their mission is simply to create wines of character and concentration. Wines that passionately reflecting their terroir, while using environmentally sound techniques in the cellar and vineyard.
A Message from James McKenzie
One of my favorite aspects of Nabygelegen is its rich history of winemaking. The original cellar building dates back to well before its inscribed 1815 gable date. It showcases old, open concrete fermenting tanks, stone foot presses and underground storage tanks. We believe this old cellar was built during the very charismatic ownership of Anna Lategan. Last used for winemaking purposes in 1934 they now form part of the barrel maturation room.
The now very modern winery and fermentation cellar contains state-of-the-art machinery and we make use of the most modern of processes. From special grape cooling and sorting techniques to the soft working pumps and presses, everything is designed to get fruit into the bottle with minimum handling. We put so much work into our vineyards that we aim to ensure that every one of our Nabygelegen wines showcases just how special our grapes our.