This festive season, indulge in the magic of December with Backsberg Family Wines, where wine enthusiasts and holiday adventurers are invited to savour a unique experience filled with exquisite vintages and delectable cuisine. From award-winning selections to a welcoming brand home in Franschhoek, Backsberg promises a December to remember.
Rooted in History: The Legacy of Backsberg Family Wines
Backsberg Family Wines in Franschhoek, South Africa, boasts a rich and enduring history that dates back over a century. Founded in 1916 by the determined and visionary Sydney Back who came to the Cape as a refugee from Lithuania in 1902. This esteemed winery has stood the test of time, evolving into a symbol of excellence in winemaking and hospitality.
Sydney Back’s commitment to quality laid the foundation for Backsberg’s enduring success. Over the years, the estate has passed through four generations of the Back family, each contributing their passion and expertise to the legacy. This familial continuity has fostered a deep connection to the land and an unwavering dedication to producing wines of distinction.
One of the pivotal moments in Backsberg’s history occurred when Michael Back, Sydney’s grandson, took the reins in 1976. Under Michael’s leadership, Backsberg embraced sustainable and environmentally conscious practices, becoming a pioneer in green winemaking. This commitment to sustainability was not merely a trend but a genuine ethos, earning Backsberg recognition as the first Carbon Neutral winery in South Africa.
The winery’s commitment to environmental stewardship is mirrored in its diverse range of wines. From the exquisite Family Tree range to the show-stopping single-varietal, The Patriarch, Backsberg’s portfolio reflects a deep understanding of winemaking traditions while embracing innovation and modern techniques.
Visit Backsberg’s New Brand Home in Franschhoek
I was fortunate to visit Backsberg recently and was blown away by the welcoming hospitality, incredible views and offering of great food and wine. Beyond the vineyards, the establishment of Backsberg’s brand home in Franschhoek in recent years has further cemented its position as a premier destination. The brand home offers visitors not only a taste of exceptional wines but also a glimpse into the heart of South African hospitality, surrounded by breathtaking mountain peaks and a warm, welcoming ambiance.
With an unrivalled mountain range and a relaxed, welcoming ambience, it’s the perfect place to unwind and savour the best of South African hospitality.
Culinary Delights on the Summer Menu
The new summer menu at Backsberg has been thoughtfully crafted to capture the essence of the season, catering to all palates. Indulge in mouth-watering dishes such as The Grazer board—a delightful selection ideal for family sharing. New must-try dishes include Black West Coast Mussels served with a creamy Sauvignon Blanc sauce and freshly-baked bread, and a gourmet take on the Open Roast Beef Sandwich. Summer favourites like the Smoked Chicken and Cranberry Salad and Springbok Carpaccio showcase a deep commitment to supporting local artisans and mindful sourcing.
The kitchen team’s philosophy echoes Backsberg’s sustainability-focused approach, embracing the belief that ‘simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.’ Every visitor is in for a culinary treat, with each dish reflecting Backsberg’s dedication to providing an unforgettable dining experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed the grazer platter and chicken salad which was perfect to enjoy between two people.
A Toast to the Family Tree Range
Backsberg’s Family Tree range stands as the perfect complement to holiday cheer. Dive into the summer with the multi-awarded Smuggled Vines Chardonnay, an ideal companion for summer sipping and all your festive adventures. The collection also features the distinguished John Martin Bordeaux Blend and the generous Pumphouse Shiraz, providing a variety of options to suit every palate.
The Patriarch: A Showstopping Cabernet Franc
As you prepare to gather around festive tables laden with delights, be captivated by the pinnacle of Backsberg’s collection—The Patriarch. This single-varietal Cabernet Franc is a true showstopper, destined to be the centerpiece of your holiday feasts. Its versatility allows it to pair beautifully with a variety of dishes, enhancing your celebrations with every sip.
Join the Backsberg Family
“Bbacksberg Family Wines has always been about more than just wine. It’s about creating lasting memories with friends and family,” says Bianca Lenhardt, Marketing Manager. “This December, we invite you to become a part of our extended family, savouring not only our exquisite wines but also the warmth and hospitality that has been our hallmark for over a century.”
Make this December one to remember with Backsberg Family Wines. Whether you’re seeking a superb bottle to complement your holiday festivities or a relaxing visit to the magnificent Franschhoek brand home, the Backsberg team looks forward to sharing the spirit of the season with you!
As Backsberg Family Wines celebrates its centennial year and looks ahead to the future, it continues to embody the values of family, tradition, and sustainability that have been the cornerstone of its success. The Back family’s enduring commitment to creating lasting memories with friends and patrons is a testament to the timeless allure of Backsberg—a winery deeply rooted in history yet perennially evolving, ensuring a legacy that will endure for generations to come.