"Our success in winemaking rests upon our solid foundation in cultivating grapes"
Fort Simon, established in 1997 in commemoration of the hard work & passion invested in the estate by Dr. Simon Uys. 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 cellar is housed in a fort overlooking vineyards, designed and built in 1997 by Renier Uys, the youngest son of Dr.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 can 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, abundant with delicate 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.
meet our winemaker
Dirk Tredoux has an extensive history of winemaking and has worked at esteemed wine estates during the course of his careers such as Asara, Jordan, Vrede en Lust, Armani, D’Aria and Morgenhof. During his experience working at the above-mentioned wine estates, Dirk was involved in producing numerous award-winning wines. His attention to detail will ensure that the Fort Simon wines retain their consistency and reach new heights. Dirk’s interest in winemaking started as a child growing up in the Winelands. His passion for wine evolved while he was living abroad in Europe and California. After moving back to South Africa, he completed his studies in winemaking at Elsenburg. He believes that the quality of each wine stems from the quality of the grapes and, therefore, works closely in a team with viticulture, to start shaping the desired wine in the vineyards. Dirk believes in attention to detail in bringing out the best characteristics of the current vintage and improving on previous years.
“I experiment with a lot of ideas which is reflected in many of my cellar practices. Other than wine, I am passionate about my family – my wife Maryke Tredoux and my two sons – Jean and Philip.”