Pulpit Rock Tradition

The dream had been lingering in the minds on the Brink family for many decades and the talents had always been obvious; in 1918 old Grandpa Brink had been asked by Groot Constantia to become their winemaker, but the time was not yet right. Their strong desire to do their own winemaking was eventually put into action with Ernst (Grandpa Brink’s son) sending his two sons to study more concerning this expertise.

As well as being one of the largest pig farmers in the Western Cape, and landowner of agricultural farms in Namibia, Ernst soon decided that 2003 would be the year to see his great dream materialize. His sons, Haumann, who returned with an Elsenburg College Diploma in Cellar Technology, and Van Der Byl, with a B.Comm. degree from the University of Stellenbosch is now an integral part of the workings of the winery.

The Winery

A fusion of quality and tradition

Grapes are received from the two farms owned by the Brink family, De Gift and Panorama. The family has been farming these lands for more than five decades.

Magnificent views and personalised service adds to the truly unique experience in the stylish wine tasting centre. Pulpit Rock winery also offers curious visitors informal tours in the pressing and maturing cellars.

The Cellar

This state of the art cellar has an overall production capacity of 5000 tons, with two-barrel maturing cellars. The grapes are chosen meticulously and harvested full ripe to achieve optimum quality, including good structure and prominent fruit. A combination of the latest equipment and traditional techniques are used to create world-class wines.

Climate and Soil

The soil consists mainly out of shale and weathered sandstone. The winters in the Swartland are cold and wet followed by warm dry summer months resulting in grapes with outstanding quality.

Pulpit Rock Winery Portfolio


Owner: The Brink Family: father Ernst with his sons Van der Byl and Haumann

Location: Swartland

Size: 480 hectares under vine

Cultivars: Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinotage, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Grenache.  Mouverde

Production per Annum: All grapes are from Brink Family owned land, with an estimated 6000 tons harvested annually.

Countries currently exporting to: Germany The Netherlands, Sweden, China, Japan

Winemaker: Dewald Huisamen