‘If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space’
To Derek and Anna Hooper choosing Cape Jaffa just felt right. Red loamy soil, free-draining Limestone, cool Summers and some great local surf breaks tipped the scales as they pioneered the Mount Benson wine region. Cape Jaffa Wines Cellar Door offers panoramic views over rolling hills and rocky outcrops with the wild Great Southern Ocean in the distance. It’s a bit rugged out on the edge, tough on the vines at first but that’s good in the long run. Tough love teaches resilience.
The Cellar Door and Tasting Bar, constructed in 1995, by the Hooper family is built from paddock rock, part of an old woolshed and includes an underground barrel hall excavated to provide the barrels with a cool place to rest and work their magic. The earthy flavour continues throughout the tasting areas combining freestone and pre loved timbers to provide visitors with a relaxed environment. Cape Jaffa’s winemakers believe that wine tasting should be fun and have designed a less formal experience which encourages visitors to relax and take a moment to sample the range of wines in good company – similar to how they would be enjoyed at home. A selection of grazing plates are available to complement tastings and the Cape Jaffa Wines front of house team are always there to help.
So if you are lucky enough to be passing through the Limestone Coast enjoying pristine coastline, ancient megafauna or delectable local produce take a moment and drop into Cape Jaffa Wines. There is wine trapped in bottles that you can set free.