Kleinood on Stellenrust lies nestled in the Blaauwklippen Valley on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain outside Stellenbosch. This must single handedly be one of my favourite farms to visit. Upon arrival you are greeted by a touch of Italy. The simplicity and the mere humbleness of the whole farm intrigues me, not to mention that Kleinood is surrounded by some of my favourite wineries on Stellenrust road, including Keermont, De Trafford and Waterford. 

Kleinood is an Afrikaans word from Dutch and German origin meaning something small and precious. This sums up the whole of Kleinood – a very small farm, specializing in the production of only a Syrah based red wine, a single vineyard Syrah and small production of Viognier and Syrah Rosé as well as de Boerin extra virgin olive oil.

Owner, Gerard de Villiers, an Engineer by profession, devoted his substantial skills to designing and building the winery. Libby, his wife, responsible for the architectural design, created timeless buildings with strong traditional Cape influences and materials. Everything is simply and holistically designed and therefore dedicated to exploration. 

Before moving to the Boland, Gerard, Libby and their two children, lived in the Cape Town suburb of Tamboerskloof for 25 years. Hence, they decided to call their wine Tamboerskloof. How amazing is it that their understated labels are hand printed on hand made paper, which is, then hand torn and pasted onto each individual bottle by hand. The sole insignia depicts a sheep bearing a flag, derived from the official de Villiers family crest. The cork bears the name of the farm, Kleinood.

Kleinood has a fascinating history and story to tell, I therefore encourage you to vist this intriguing farm and find out for yourself just how beautiful it is. 

Kleinood is open for tasting on Fridays between 10h00 and 13h00. For all other days, contact them directly. Telephone +27 (0)21 880 2527. Email