The Foundry was established in 2000 and is the brainchild of Meerlust’s
winemaker Chris Williams in partnership with James Reid.
Working closely with a handful of growers, fruit is sourced from across the Cape
to secure grapes at optimum ripeness from sites which are best suited to each
variety. Long-term contracts have been concluded for specific rows of vines to
meet The Foundry’s demand for high quality fruit which is expressive of its source
Each lot of grapes is vinified separately according to its intrinsic character, taking
great care not to over-extract or manipulate the fruit. No recipes are followed and
both traditional and modern techniques are used. The aim is to produce wines
which the owners will enjoy drinking.
The wines are vinified, bottled and matured at Meerlust Estate in Stellenbosch.
From 2010 The Foundry has a new home in the Voor-Paardeberg area. It is our
intention to eventually locate all of our winemaking at activies in the Paardeberg,
but will still continue to produce the single vineyard Stellenbosch Syrah and
Viognier. The Foundry will expand its range to a selection of single vineyard wines
from different appelations and terroirs around the Cape, much as the great
negotiant houses of Burgundy and the Rhone valley do.