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Journey's End opens new winery

0210_JourneysEnd.jpgJourney’s End in Stellenbosch, South Africa, has just opened a 150-ton crush winery following its acquisition of a significant proportion of neighbouring Mount Rozier estate, including 12 ha of a prime, south-facing vineyard and a fully operational Equestrian centre. André Parker of neighbouring Highberry vineyards has acquired the remainder of the Mount Rozier estate.    The Gabb family from Shropshire in the UK, own Journey’s End estate and are proud to say that their boutique wines are produced only from Journey’s End own grapes. From the 2010 harvest the grapes will be transported no further than a few hundred metres to this newly-built winery, situated in the heart the vineyards.     As the new winery was being finished, the Gabb family were in the process of acquiring prime new vineyard sites from the neighbouring Mount Rozier estate. Journey’s End sales and marketing director Rollo Gabb comments on the acquisition: “We believe Mount Rozier has some of the very finest soils in the Western Cape, mineral rich, combining the best elements of the Schaapenberg terroir.  Combined with their coastal position and the south-facing alignment, these vineyards are a fantastic addition to our working farm and can ensure that we will continue to produce premium hand-crafted wines of the best quality for our expanding markets across the world.”   Within this purchase Journey’s End has obtained a fully operational, equestrian centre that is open to the public, offering riding lessons for all levels, with wonderful treks through the surrounding vineyards.  In the future, visitors to Journey’s End will also be able to stay overnight in a number of new cottages acquired from the Mount Rozier estate. These cottages are in the process of being completely restored in order to let them out to the public for holidays and retreats.     This purchase expands Journey’s End from 38ha to 50ha in size.  

1 February 2010 - Felicity Murray