Lazanou Organic Vineyards is situated in the picturesque Wellington valley approximately 45 minutes drive from Cape Town, South Africa. The altitude of the farm is 119 meters (390 feet) above sea level.

Lazanou Organic Vineyards is one of the smallest wine farms in South Africa. The full extent of the farm is 8.48 hectares, of which 5.54 hectares are under vineyards. The rest of the farm includes cow pastures, a few small olive groves, a fruit orchard, an earth dam, a bird sanctuary, various buildings and most importantly a number of biodiversity zones.

Lazanou Organic Vineyards is Certified Organic by Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) against both the EU (Regulation 834/2007) and USA (National Organic Program) organic standards for crop production and wine processing. Please click here to have the latest copy of our Organic Certificate/s sent to you. International organic standards are practised in the vineyard and the cellar. The farm and cellar are audited every year to ensure that these standards are maintained. Biodiversity zones are created on the farm to encourage plant diversity and to attract natural predators to combat pests and diseases within the vineyards. No herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used on the farm. The soils are continuously improved through extensive composting, mulching and planting of nitrogen fixing cover crops (green manuring) during the winter months. Compost is produced on the farm using our own cow manure, earthworms and organic materials from the farm. Snails are controlled by our ducks and chickens.

The farm includes a variety of soils suitable for the cultivars planted. Soils types include Escort, Klapmuts, Oakleaf, Tukulu, Vilafontes and Westleigh.

Lazanou Organic Vineyards is more than an award winning wine farm. It is a way of life where owners Josef Lazarus and Candice Stephanou and their two children Noah and Hannah endeavour to live a relatively self-sustainable life style. Gertrude, their Jersey cow, produces the milk that is use to make butter and cheese. Gertrude’s calves, off springs from their the three sheep named Rambo, Rose and Mary, and their ducks, chickens and wild guinea fowl, keeps the freezer filled with meat for the family and farm workers. Table olives and olive oil is produced from their own olive trees and honey from their four beehives while the extensive vegetable garden produces most of their veggies all of which is shared with guests at their popular Open Days at Lazanou Organic Vineyards.

Click to view high resolution image
VINEYARDS Vineyard 8 (Chenin Blanc 56%), Vineyard 3 (Chardonnay 37%) and Vineyard 9 (Viognier 7%) (Click here to see the vineyards this wine comes from)
VINIFICATION Cultivars were harvested separately but blended shortly after fermentation. Emphasis on mouth feel but also freshness. No oak used.
MATURATION Matured on the lees for 3 months. No oak.
ANALYSIS Alcohol 13%; Residual Sugar 1.6 g/litre; 
TA 5.7 g/litre; pH 3.42
CASES Only 423 cases produced
TASTING NOTES ‘A splash of Viognier (7%) adds alluring stone fruit and citrus blossom nuances to this Chenin Blanc (56%), Chardonnay (37%) blend, which dances gracefully and lightly on the palate. Delightful food partner’.
Gold Medal, 2012 Michelangelo Int'l Wine Awards
Gold Medal, Mundus Vini Biofach, Germany
Silver Medal, 2010 Michelangelo Int'l Wine Awards