Zevenwacht Estate: History

Zevenwacht Estate: History
Steeped in tradition, Zevenwacht dates back to 1688 when the farm Langverwacht was granted to a French Huguenot wine farmer, Jeanne le Roux. In 1793 the land adjoining, known as Zevenfontein and traditionally used for grazing, was granted to Daniel Bosman.

Both farms became the property of Petrus Hiebner in 1799. Hiebnier built the Manor House in 1800 which is a historical monument today.

In 1825 the first wine was made from some 55 000 vines.

In 1829 Pieter de Wall purchased Langverwacht and later also Zevenfontein. Both properties were purchased and farmed by de Waal’s son, Adriaan, until 1903 when they were sold to a mining syndicate following the discovery of tin.

By 1918 mining operations ceased when insufficient value could be realised from the mines, and the land was restored to farming.

During the early 1900’s Zevenfontein was purchased by James Barclay Lithgow a stock broker from Johannesburg. Following the death of his widow, Pat, in the early 1960’s the property was passed on to his two surviving children Donald and Jean. They were joined by partners, Jack & Hildegarde Watson, Rhodesian tobacco farmers and Willie Walls. Jack Watson took over as Manager of the farm greatly improving the quality of the vineyards, as well as starting tobacco farming. The grapes were sold to the KWV.

Previous owner, Cape Town architect, Gilbert Colyn, descendant of the old Cape Colijn family, purchased Zevenfontein and Langverwacht in 1979, uniting them under the new name of Zevenwacht.  He started to restore both the vineyards and the Manor House, a National Monument, which were in a sad state of neglect. He also built a new cellar (in 1982). The first vintage wine was produced in the cellar in 1983.

The present owners, Harold and Denise Johnson purchased Zevenwacht in 1992.

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