Paul Cluver

Central to the success of the wine and farming business is the Cluver Family – a close-knit group with a visionary, pioneering spirit. Four of the five Cluver siblings are currently involved in the business, taking over the reins from parents Paul and Songvei. 
This family-owned, family-run wine business is located in the cool-climate Elgin Valley, approximately 70km south-east of Cape Town. The property has been in ownership of the Cluver Family since 1896. Recognised as pioneers of wine in the area, the focus is on producing elegant wines that are expressive of the terroir.
The wine business forms part of larger holistic farming business called ‘De Rust Estate'. In addition to the vineyards and cellar, there are apple and pear orchards, a Hereford stud and eco-tourism activities, including amphitheatre concerts, on the farm. This estate forms part of the UNESCO world heritage site, the Kogelberg Biosphere. Half of the estate has been set aside for conservation into perpetuity Read more »

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  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • The status of South African wine in the USA is lamentable. Even in New York ... ... – Chris MullineuxPaul Cluver – Andries Burger Raats Family – Bruwer Raats and Gavin Bruwer SlabbertSadie Family – Eben Sadie Not to categorically exclude, well, categories, I admit two merit special notice. The first is white blends. These are highly atypical ... Read More

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  • Paul Clover Elgin Gewürztraminer 2012

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    Very nice wine for price. Great with smoked ham Read More

    Wine review by scandihoovian


  • Paul Cluver Weisser Riesling 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by ATLfoodie


  • Paul Cluver Pinot Noir Elgin 2003

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    Wine review by calibay


  • So here's a little project I've been kicking around to no end.The idea is simple, what are the top 10 wines in any region that remain affordable and really deliver exceptional experiences?I know there are so many varaibles here but a list of 10 is large enough to account for the variables.So let me start by defining affordable. I would say, in t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Just For Fun top 10 lists -...


  • Paul Cluver is my cousin -- distant cousin. I live in Georgia and my Mother, Martha Ellen Cluever Schubert, lives in Florida in the USA. Mom and Dad visited SA twice for 45 days each time, and Paul was 4 or 5 at the time. I am in touch with Antoinette and Piks De Waal via email and one day hope to meet all my distant cousins in SA. The Paul ...

    Comment by 487788Sue Hall 487788 Sue Hall


  • Paul Cluver Chardonnay Elgin 2008

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    Crisp, citrus - smooth lingering finish. Enjoyed this with skewred spicy shrimp. Read More

    Wine review by The Corkscrew Diary


  • Slowine Rose 2008

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    My wife and I both found the wine a bit dry for a Rose. We would give it two glasses. Read More

    Wine review by flshaw


  • Slowine Rose 2008

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    fruity and spicy on the nose with a touch of candied lime to the backed cherry with hints of lime blossom and a smoky, stemmy note, hint of rubber, smells sweetish. Zesty acids really enliven the palate that is bursting with sour cherry, peach and watermelon flavors and just a background hint of banana. Very fruity but nicely balanced and with g... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Slowine Rose 2008

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    Minerally and oily, with tart pineapple and grapefruit flavors. Refreshing and not too sweet. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • The future of wine lies in sharing information amongst winos around the world. I am not a good writer by a mile but I want to give you some insight into the South African wine industry.Firstly this year, 2009, we'll be celebrating 350 years of making wine in this country - so much for "New world wines" as we're well known.I am winemaker at Neder... Read More

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