Metzer Family Wines started up in 2006, making site specific wines from individual parcels of old vines in the Helderberg region of Stellenbosch. They're members of the Old Vine Project which is now slowly gaining traction to ensure that heritage blocks, vines over 35 years old, are celebrated rather than seen as a burden for the lower yields. Their vineyards are located between 4 and 7 kilometers from the shores of False Bay, so the sites are heavily influenced by the cool south-easters blowing off the ocean. Although geographically near to Stellenbosch they are closer in nature to Constantia, with both mountain and maritime influences.
The family's aim is to produce wines that are expressive and individual, through artisan and low-intervention winemaking. Their guiding principle is that the winemaking must always respect the fruit, rather than imposing the winemakers vision for what the wine is supposed to taste like. On the red side they focus on Syrah as they believe it can reflect it's terroir like few other red varieties. For whites their passion is Chenin blanc which is capable of so many expressions and lends itself so naturally to minimalist winemaking. They farm sustainably respecting the environment and their workers. In the cellar emphasis is placed on the minimum handling of fruit, wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve the "life-forces" from vineyard to bottle.