Laborie is located at the foot of Paarl Mountain and is one of the oldest wine estates in the Paarl region. Established in 1692, the beautiful working wine farm now offers accommodation, a range of dining experiences, award-winning wines, and stunning function venues.
The history of the estate and its owners is rich and colourful. In 1691, Laborie was granted to French Huguenot Isaac Taillefert who together with his son, Jean Taillefert, was producing a drinkable wine within 7 years. With their knowledge of French viticultural techniques, the Taillefert family laid a solid foundation of vineyards and outstanding wine production that is evident, over three hundred years later, in Laborie’s wines of distinction.
Winemaker Kobus van der Merwe practices a meticulous, hands–on style of winemaking that emphasizes balance. His passion for winemaking came at a young age, when he would assist his father in transporting grapes from their fruit farm to a local winery. He strives to convey the essence of this world–class terroir from the grape to the glass, to create handcrafted
wines that tell an authentic story of the land on which they are grown.
The Paarl Wine Route is known as one of the top terroirs in the country. The topographical, geological, and climatic features of Laborie contribute towards the region’s reputation for excellent wines. The relationship and interaction between soil, cultivar, rootstock and practice are constantly evolving and we are committed to continually increasing soil health, minimising water use and incorporating sustainable practices.