Crystallum Wines is a small, family run and privately owned winery based in the Walker Bay region of South Africa. Andrew and Peter-Allan, the team behind Crystallum, remark, “we seek to produce classic wines in a new world context that reflect a traditional, old-world way of working coupled with the new world vineyards which we source our fruit from. The only varieties that we work with are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with multi-vineyard blends and single vineyard vines making up the collection.”
The brothers are the third generation of Finlayson winemakers and the sons of the man who pioneered Pinot Noir making in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. Andrew is an Architect by training and Peter-Allan studied philosophy and economics at the University of Stellenbosch. It did not, however, take long for the lure of wine to pull them back into the cellar.
The company was started in 2007 with just over 300 cases of Sauvignon Blanc produced. The 2008 vintage saw the introduction of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and now Crystallum exclusively produces these Burgundian varieties.