Fort Simon (Cellar)
Fort Simon was established in 1997 by owners, Renier, Piet and Anna Uys in commemoration to the hard work & passion invested into the estate by Dr Simon Uys, father of the sons and husband to Anna. The maiden vintages were produced in 1998 and consisted of two cultivars, Sauvignon Blanc and a Merlot/Pinotage blend, the latter earning the estate’s first Veritas Double Gold Medal.
The state-of-the-art cellar was housed in a fort overlooking vineyards, designed and built by Renier Uys. The cellar’s building style was inspired by the German outpost architecture of Namibia, resembling a fort complete with towers, merlons and arrow slits.
The cellar was designed with a capacity to produce 900 tons of wine per annum. In our production process, we make use of stainless steel tanks to produce our unwooded white wines. French or American oak barrels are used for wooded white and most red varietals.
Our wines and grapes are crafted in the ‘new-world style’ to produce bold and luscious wines, bursting with fruit aromas. Our success in winemaking also rests upon our solid foundation in cultivating grapes with a hands-on approach and respecting the environment by putting as much back in as we take out.
FORT ANNA (Tasting Room)
The quaint medieval style tasting room is situated adjacent to the cellar and built in 1967 by Dr Simon Uys. The small fort also influenced by German-Namibian architecture was built completely from granite rocks collected from the estate. The tasting room was initially utilized as a reception venue for friends and was christened Fort Anna. In 2013 Fort Anna was enlarged to accommodate weddings and functions.
The tasting room is open to the public:
Weekdays: 09:00 – 17:00
Saturdays: 10:00 – 14:00
Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed