Welcome Back!Sign in here:

   Reset Password

Not Registered?Still need to become one of our thirsty clan 164568 strong?

Now's your chance!

Register Today!

Want the best wine for your buck?

215,962Wine Reviews
30Seconds to join

Wineries of South Africa

Springfield Estate

Springfield Estate
South Africa
Phone: 27 (0)23 626 3661
Contact: Abrie & Jeanette Bruwer
Email: info@springfieldestate.com

Springfield's natural approach to winemaking starts with eco-friendly practices in the vineyards. Minimum spraying is applied and a platoon of snail-eating ducks patrols the vineyards. Irrigation is used only to relieve grape stress.

Whenever possible grapes are harvested at night so that the winemaker can work with them at their coolest. This helps maintain the concentration of fruit flavours and enhances their varietal characteristics. The grapes are handled as little as possible and the wine is never pumped if it can be avoided, since this harms the fermentation process. Filtering is kept to an absolute minimum. "Sterile filtering results in much of the unique flavours of our country's best wines ending up on the cellar floor", says winemaker, Abrie Bruwer.

Instead of using commercial yeasts in the fermentation process, the use of natural, wild yeast that adheres to the skins of the grapes when harvested is practised to a large extent. "If the wild yeast works, it is worth it a hundred times over – even if it only happens once in three years", is the winemaker's justification of what many conventional winemakers regard as high-risk winemaking.

Springfield's success is proof that with attention to detail and the experience of history and time, great wines can be produced with minimal intervention.

Winemaker: Abrie Bruwer

Update Winery information  Submit new wines to be posted





Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Chapoutier White Wine
Victoria ...

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is editor of Canada's largest wine review web site, publishing hundreds of wine reviews every week for more than 164,568 members.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, the second was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Get access to all of her reviews today by becoming a member of her site.



Get my reviews of terrific under-priced wines. Save money, drink better wine.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a fiesty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  
Winner World's Best Drink Writer
Four-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award