South Africa


Alkmaar Boutique Vineyard

Welcome to Alkmaar Boutique Vineyard home of The Old School wines. "Great quality wines are made in the vineyards. We focus on producing handcrafted wines that enhance food rather than dominate it. To this end, we invite wine masters who share our philosophy, to make outstanding fruit-driven premium wines. The results bear testimony to our cherished boutique vineyard and exceptional terroir." - Bouwer & Janet Nell

Alkmaar is situated amidst the foothills of the Hawequa mountains, in the Blouvlei valley near Wellington. In 2003, the seven hectare Alkmaar boutique vineyard was acquired by Bouwer and Janet Nell, who are driven by their vision to create wines of outstanding quality. In this small vineyard, the vines are nurtured and cared for to produce an outstanding quality fruit that contribute to wine of brilliant character.

The name of our wines, The Old School, is a tribute to the school established on Alkmaar by Meester Stucki in 1862, and which continued to serve the youth of Wellington until 1919. The first wine produced at Alkmaar was dubbed "The Old School Master" as a tribute to M.J. Stucki, the man who took the first step in a long journey. To honour Mr. Stucki's reputation, only the finest quality grapes are handpicked from our boutique vineyard.