In 2004 a group of likeminded winemakers and fruit growers set out to make a wine from fruit grown in an extreme climate. This ideal saw the first vineyards planted on the steep slopes of the Winterhoek Mountains in Wellington, where they knew they would find the right soil and climate for what they had in mind.
Like the great vineyards of Burgundy, where the conditions are characterised by frost and very low ground temperatures in winter and sunshines and fresh breezes in summer, so the Snow Mountain vineyards among the stone fruit orchards and Cape Fynbos flourish in similar conditions. Therefore it was almost natural to start with a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
A Malbec and Syrah were later added to the collection, as well as the MCC Beulah in 2012.