Our Vision

Harnessing nature to produce wines of the highest quality in the world.

Our vision is to merge traditional winemaking practices with the latest innovations in technology to create defining modern wines of an international standard with the ultimate respect for our resources.

Our Vineyards

Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards is situated in the coastal region of South Africa, an area that boasts some of the oldest soils in the world. Evidence of this lies in the tall, weathered mountains that grace the surrounding landscape and the Helderberg Mountain Range against which our vineyards nestle.

Great care is taken when designating our vineyard sites to a particular rootstock, varietal and clone. The latest in technological research has been carried out on soil profiling of each individual vineyard to unlock nature’s secrets as to which rootstock, varietal and clone will flourish in each specific location. 

Soil Form: Cartref

Cartref soils are youthful as a result of limited rock weathering or on account of rejuvenation through natural erosion on steeper, convex slopes.  Cartref soils consist of three horizons, namely Orthic A & E and Lithocutanic B.

Soil Form: Glenrosa

Closely related to Cartref, Glenrosa consists of two basic horizons namely the pale brown, medium textured, loamy sand Orthic A and yellowish brown, heavier textured Lithocutanic B horizon topsoil.

Soil Form: Oakleaf

Closely related to Tukulu, the oakleaf soils are found on higher slopes and feature yellow or red neocutanic subsoil. Oakleaf are young soils derived from granite with good physical and water-retention properties.

Soil Form: Tukulu

Tukulu is a youthful, medium to high potential alluvial soil with a high production potential. Cumulic soils have formed in unconsolidated natural deposits and their distribution is widespread. The subsurface materials may be characterized by signs of wetness beneath a neocutanic or neocarbonate B horizon.

Soil Form: Vilafonte

Vilafonte is one of nine forms of Cumulic soil and is typically characterized by having an Orhic A topsoil with a lightly coloured E horizon and Neocutanic B subsoil horizons.

Soil Form: Hutton

An iron-rich soil that is uniform in colour due to the accumulation of iron oxides as a result of weathering.  The red colour signifies  warmer, drier, more base-rich conditions that are less affected by organic matter. This soil consists of three horizons: Orthic A, Red Apedal B and after 900mm, an unspecified saprolite material.

The Winkler Scale*, also referred to as the heat summation scale, is a technique for classifying the climate of wine growing regions. In the system, geographical areas are divided into five climate regions based on temperature, known as Regions I–V. Different grape varietals are thought to thrive in specific regions. Uva Mira falls in Region II which is thought to be the ideal climate for the cultivars and style of wines that we produce.

*The Winckler Scale system was developed at the University of California by A. T. Winkler and M.A. Amerine 

Influences of Climate



Elevation affects overall climate as for every 100 metres above than sea level, average temperature decreases by 1.0 °C. Our high-lying vineyard sites benefit from these cooler conditions which slow down the ripening process.


Proximity to the Ocean & Prevailing Winds
Our vineyards experience frequent ocean breezes, especially during the ripening period in February when land temperatures are high and the False Bay Ocean is kept cool by the cold Benguela current. Ocean breezes with higher relative humidity, gently caress and cool our vines. These cool ocean breezes slow down the ripening process of our grapes, which contributes to optimal phenolic ripeness at lower sugar levels and naturally higher acidities in our wines. The effect of these cooler ripening conditions is evident during harvest, which occurs on average two weeks later than vineyards in the Stellenbosch valley below.



Aspect refers to the orientation of the slope of the vineyard and its influence on climate. In the Southern hemisphere, slopes facing south are cooler than northern slopes, east facing slopes are cooler than westerly slopes. The different slopes on our Estate result in varying temperature conditions, suiting the specific requirements of each varietal grown.


Our average annual rainfall is 900 - 1000mm, which is higher than the Stellenbosch average of 700mm per year. The mountainous location of our estate, and resulting orographic rainfall patterns, allows our vines to benefit not only from increased rainfall but also differing levels of rainfall within our vineyard sites. This diversity within our vineyards and resulting blending components, serve as the foundation for our complex wines. 


Vineyard Practices
The vineyard practices of pruning, suckering and canopy management are carried out in response to seasonal influences. These practices create the perfect microclimate for our vines to flourish to achieve the desired flavour profiles in our grapes as well as influence the overall style of our wines.


Normalised Difference Vegetation Index Images
NDVI images, showing areas of vigorous vegetation growth within our vineyards, are taken bi-annually and are a useful tool for both viticulturist and winemaker. These images are used to manage specific pockets within the vineyards and are also made use of during harvest when specific pockets within a particular vineyard are picked to create our preferred style of wine. 


The water requirements for each vineyard are monitored using both a mobile pressure bomb and sophisticated capacitance probes that are embedded into each vineyard site. This allows for targeted irrigation of each vineyard site, as each vineyard is watered specifically for its individual needs during the growing cycle. The pressure bomb is the only method which establishes the water potential within the vine itself. By using both the pressure bomb and probe methods combined, irrigation is carried out with precision to ensure the desired concentration and flavour profiles in our grapes.
Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards was awarded first place in both the 2015 and 2019 Vinpro Vineyard Block Competitions for the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vineyard blocks on our Estate. This achievement is an acknowledgement of the excellence, attention to detail and passion put in to caring for our vineyards. 


Our vision truly comes into reality with the sustainable viticulture, visible from the moment one enters our Estate. You may see the owl and bat boxes resting between tree branches, perches for birds of prey standing tall between the vines and beehives lying alongside the vineyards. It is not uncommon to spot baboons stealing grapes, a duiker dashing between the vines at dusk, owls surveying the vineyards or a meandering caracal or porcupine as nightfalls.

Farming in harmony with nature

Cellar recycling and the returning of waste products to our vineyards is fundamental in creating a 
harmonious environment for nature and the animals that roam the farm.


Our Philosophy
Out of the ordinary wines handcrafted in an elegant style with a vision of longevity.


Wines of Elegance, Minerality and Longevity
The virtue of winemaking lies in listening to the whispers of Mother Nature and reciprocating with the right amount of care and attention. Cutting edge equipment is combined with up to the minute scientific research and our own experience to help guide this fascinating creation of nature into wine.


Leaving our Footprints in the Vineyards and our Soul in the Cellar
Our picking date is determined purely on tasting for phenolic ripeness in our berries, it is a decision based on flavour. Each berry is treated with the greatest respect by careful selection and delicate hand-picking.  The berries are gently packed into 18 kg lug boxes and transported to the cellar in the early morning while temperatures are cool.

At our cellar every individual berry is meticulously hand selected on our sorting table, ensuring only the very best are used for making our fine wines. Attention to detail is our focus, with the ultimate care taken for each and every grape.

Fermentation takes place in modern stainless steel fermenters and malolactic fermentation, depending on the wine, takes place in barrel. After fermentation, the wine is matured in selected French oak barrels. Each barrel is specifically selected for a particular wine and wine style. Every detail is considered – the specific coopers, origin of the oak, toasting of the oak and size of the barrel.


Guiding our Grapes from Vine to Wine
Each individual barrel’s evolution is closely monitored throughout the total maturation period which, for our red varietals, can last for a period of up to 19 months.

When the time is right, the art of blending comes into play where we creatively blend each component into a masterpiece, to complete the process which began in our vineyards, watched over by Mother Nature.


Our Latest Awards

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."  - Albert Einstein

D.W. Syrah
The Mira Cabernet Sauvignon
Uva Mira Icon Chardonnay
The Single Tree Chardonnay
Uva Mira Icon Chardonnay
The Single Tree Chardonnay
The Dance Cabernet Franc

Our People

Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards consistently receives local and international accolades, which reflects the care and passion put into every bottle by the Uva Mira team.  

Christiaan Coetzee

Oenologist / General Manager

Toby Venter


Lara Shargey

Sales & Marketing Manager

Hilton Phipson

Farm Manager & Viticulturist

Pearl Grant Muiznieks

Gauteng Sales Executive

Nico Prinsloo

Maintenance Manager

Pierre Gouws

Accounts Administration

Jannion Strydom

Administration Manager

Uva Mira

Production Team