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Backsberg

Father and son team Michael and Simon Back operate one of the oldest and most reputed wineries in the Simonsberg area. While the estate's history dates back to 1916 when it became the first winery in South Africa to open a public tasting room, Backsberg has recently become internationally acclaimed for its efforts to make environmentally sustainable wines.

Backsberg is South Africa's first carbon neutral winery and is engaged in a number of projects to reduce its environmental impact. The Tread Lightly range of wines uses innovative PET packaging to reduce packaging weight.

Backsberg's winemaking philosophy is rooted in "the simple pleasures:" drinkable and personable wines for any occasion.



  • Location   Simonsberg mountains, Paarl, South Africa
  • Origin   Paarl
  • Owner   Michael & Simon Back
  • Size of estate   110 hectares
  • Winemaker   Alicia Rechner

Wines from Backsberg

Backsberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine shows spicy aromas of liquorice, vanilla, and blackcurrant. Balanced tannins provide a framework for ripe flavours of plum and blackberry.... read more...

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Backsberg Chenin Blanc 2017

  • 100% Chenin Blanc

This wine elicits pear and green apple aromas. Ripe fruit is tempered by finely balanced acidity. The palate is refreshing and lingering. The... read more...

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Backsberg John Martin Sauvignon Blanc 2014

  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Fermentation occurs primarily in stainless steel tanks, although 10% of the blend is fermented in French oak barrels and left on the lees for 3-6... read more...

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Backsberg Klein Babylonstoren 2012

  • 48% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 39% Merlot
  • 10% Petit Verdot
  • 3% Malbec

Klein Babylonstoren is a cuvée specially crafted on the basis of varietal intensity and character. Violets, cassis, and dried herb aromas form a... read more...

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Backsberg Kosher Brut NV

  • 100% Chardonnay

The wine is made under the auspices of the Cape Town Beth Din and the OU of the United States. Refreshing bubbles with a slightly creamy palate and a... read more...

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Backsberg Kosher Chardonnay 2017

  • 100% Chardonnay

Lemon zest, melon, and hazelnut characters mingle to give this wine a complex and fresh aroma. Natural acidity is balanced by sweet fruit flavours of... read more...

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Backsberg Kosher Merlot 2016

  • 95% Merlot

This wine displays aromas of raspberry and red plums with succulent sweet fruit flavours and finely integrated tannins. The wine is Mevushal and... read more...

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Backsberg Kosher Pinotage 2016

  • 100% Pinotage

Oak-derived vanillin nuances provide the perfect backdrop to young berry and mulberry fruit flavours in this wine. Fresh yet soft, this wine provides... read more...

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Backsberg Pinotage 2014

  • 100% Pinotage

Ripe mulberry and strawberry flavors are complimented by subtle undertones of dried herbs in this wine. This Pinotage has a juicy mouth feel with... read more...

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Backsberg Pumphouse Shiraz 2011

  • 100% Syrah

Pumphouse Shiraz is a cuvée specially crafted based on varietal character and intensity. Black cherry, raspberry fruit, and rich mocha aromas are... read more...

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Tread Lightly Merlot 2014

  • 100% Merlot

Oak-derived vanillin nuances provide the perfect backdrop to young berry and mulberry fruit flavours. Fresh, yet soft, this wine provides sheer... read more...

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Tread Lightly Rosé 2015


Exuberant flavours of raspberry, strawberry and peach make up a seamless, friendly palate with a good balance between fruit and acidity. An easy and... read more...

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Tread Lightly Sauvignon Blanc 2016

  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Busting with aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit, this lively Sauvignon Blanc matches aromatic intensity with freshness and balance. Lime and... read more...

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