The Wines

Tulbagh was originally a relatively small, white wine producing region. It was regarded by many as the lesser cousin to the more established areas of Stellenbosch and Paarl. All that changed on September 29th 1969 when an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale virtually levelled the town. It was rebuilt in the faithful style you see today and with its rebirth came a new determination in the people of the town.

Fast forward to 1999 when Dave (Manley) Jordan along with some of the other local producers established the very first of the new farms to plant red wine grapes.

Today Tulbagh is no longer in the shadows. It has become highly regarded, in South Africa and abroad, emerging as a wonderful boutique region, one producing some of the most significant red wines in the Cape.

Manley Wine Lodge vineyard

Meet our winemaker

Werner has worked in almost all areas in South Africa and even in Sonoma California and has been working in the industry since 2004. He has had good success at all cellars and won some awards. His philosophy is: balancing the art of the science against the science art of winemaking, paying great attention to every detail and then working continuously to keep learning and always believe you can improve the wine. Wine making and the vineyard is Werner's all-consuming passion: I believe that grapes are the most important ingredient we need to create the best wine possible and we will be focusing on this aspect to build on the great wines we already making. Werner commented that having worked at larger estates in recent years, I am thrilled at the opportunity now to manage and build a small high-quality winery like Manley.

This approach underlines his honest and open philosophy to wine making. His ambition is to make wine people can easily enjoy. Take the best grapes, keep the varietal character of each wine, not too heavy on the wood, and use every vintage to build on the quality of the last.

Feel free to contact Werner:


Meet our wine

The Estate Wine

Small but perfectly formed. That is what Manley is all about. Grow the best and make the best. With a little over 7 ha under vines ours is a relatively small scale but detailed and concentrated labour of love. Annually we produce around 35,000 to 40,000 bottles of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Thatch House and Sauvignon blanc.

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The House Wine

We also have a very popular Shiraz based blend which we call Thatch House Red – so named in honour of the 19th century thatched Manor House on the farm. The ideal everyday wine – delightful and extremely quaffable. It is the ideal companion to our special occasion, award-wining estate wines.
Trevor, our resident owl featured on the label, casts a critical eye over everything we do. On the right is a picture of him in our garden, keeping a close eye.

Sniff out our tasting notes here, and 



The awards

Our hard work pays dividends every time we receive a compliment on one of our wines. And occasionally we are also rewarded more formally. Manley has won a number of prestigious awards including the Grand Prix prize as the top wine at the 2004 'International Michaelangelo' awards and the South African ABSA Bank top 10 award for 2004 and 2011 Pinotage.

Recent awards and accolades include:

Wine Name Award Achievment
Pinotage 2005 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Gold
Pinotage 2006 International Wine Challange Silver
John Platter Wine Guide 4 Stars
Pinotage 2009 Decanter Awards Silver
Michelangelo Wine Awards Silver
Pinotage 2011 ABSA TOP 10 Pinotage Awards Top 10 Trophy
Shiraz 2005 International Wine Challenge Silver
John Platter Wine Guide 4 Stars
Shiraz 2007 Michelangelo Awards Silver
John Platter Wine Guide 4 Stars
Shiraz 2008 John Platter Wine Guide 4 Stars
Shiraz 2009 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Bronze
Shiraz 2010 Decanter Awards Bronze
Merlot 2009 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Bronze
Merlot 2010 Decanter Awards Silver
Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Wine Magazine Bordeaux Challange Top 10
John Platter Wine Guide 4 Stars
Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 International Wine Challange Silver
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Bronze
Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Bronze
Decanter Awards Bronze
Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon 2010 International Wine Challange Bronze
Decanter Awards Bronze
Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Gold
Thatch House Red 2009 Wine Magazine Best Value Award

The reviews

Always good to get a mention in the press. Here’s what the Cape Argus newspaper had to say about us: 'Manley Private Cellar, the new kid on the block has cleaned-up'. Also, Manley wines score consistently highly (4*) with influential reviewers like "Platter’s South African Wine Guide". (

Please look at the reviews from our best and loyal customers in the UK, buying our wines online at



Barrels of WineSo, what is our secret?

•  Careful hand nurturing of the vines themselves
•  Well drained, low potential shale type soil
•  Hand picking at sunrise 
•  Very efficient and soft de-stemming
•  Cold soaking
•  Detailed watering & stressing programme
•  Barrel matured in oak for 20 months


Buying our wines

Everyone in South Africa can buy directly from us. Place an order here.

For those of you in Europe, you can easily buy our wines through the exciting and award winning Naked Wines for the UK , in Holland we sell through and Germany at .

Being a small producer, quantities are limited, so please try and order as soon as you can.



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Trevor, our resident owl


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