Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines were planted at Ambeloui, situated in the picturesque valley of Hout Bay, in September 1995 when the Christodoulou family moved from Pretoria to settle in Cape Town. The house and wine production facility with maturation cellar surrounded by a garden of lavender and roses was established in 1996.
The cellar produces only Methode Cap Classique, a bottle fermented sparkling wine in the true Champagne tradition. Grapes are harvested primarily from their own and other vineyards in the maritime climatic valley of Hout Bay, supplemented by a limited quantity from the cool areas of Elgin. Harvesting takes place in late January and early February and carefully timed for optimum berry maturity and balance. Winemaker Nick and his assistant winemaker Alexis, together with the cellar staff of Alfred and David attend to the production, while Ann manages the sales and marketing.
The mainly hand operated specialist equipment used in the cellar was imported from France and Italy. Riddling still takes place in traditional wooden riddling racks and disgorgement is meticulously managed to produce the hand crafted fine wines offered by Ambeloui. In a normal year 7000 bottles are produced and aged on the lees for 2 to 3 years before release.
Ambeloui is very proud of its bubbly and as the label says “ enjoy every drop, you never know if you will find another bottle.”
Dune Lodge is a quiet and comfortable backpacker lodge in the beach-side suburb of Hout Bay. It is conveniently located within walking distance to the beach and shopping centre, where a variety of activities are offered.