Our Story

Since 1914
Louis Theodore

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” ― Paulo Coelho, Brida

Our Story

The Villa Esposto story dates back to the year 1914. Louis Theodore Esposto was among a group of Italians who arrived in the Matzikama region of South Africa, and played a pivotal role in the field of civil engineering, helping to build the regions’ irrigation canal to make vineyard farming possible. The grape producing region of the Olifants River is to this day dependant on this very canal. The canal is the region’s fountain of life.

The Villa Esposto wine range is the product of the Klawer Wine Cellar, situated at the foot of the Maskam mountain in the Western Cape. This cellar is famous for its outstanding service.

Andries Blake, chief executive officer at Klawer Wine Cellar, calls a glass of Villa Esposto “pure relaxation”. These high quality wines should be enjoyed with good food, such as tenderised steak, venison or a good-quality pizza.

“The Villa Esposto winemaking process differs from the way we make the usual Klawer Wines,” says production manager Pieter van Aarde. “We only use one grape producer’s vineyards; therefore the wine is not made from different vineyard’s grapes.

Basie van Lill’s vineyards were the first we used to produce fine Villa Esposto wines.

We make sure the grapes have reached the desired ripeness. We let them ferment in tanks until the desired alcohol level is reached, then we transfer the grapes to barrels where they mature. The process of maturing the wine is what provides the character and aroma.”

The fermentation process sees a combination of new, second and third fill French oak barrels, which contribute to a creamy texture and lingering finish.

Award-winning wine journalist and British wine master Tim Atkin tasted the Villa Esposto wine range and scored four of the wines 80 points or more. The 2016 Chenin Blanc got an outstanding 92 points. This is an exquisite wine and your palate is also met with subtle hints of toast, opulent aromas of citrus and tropical notes which are also present.

Tim Atkin awarded the 2016 Villa Esposto Pinotage 90 out of 100. Intense concentrated aromas of ripe cherries and Christmas cake will leave your palate tingling after every sip; soft on your tastebuds with a sweet and smokey undertone to boot.

The 2016 Muscat d’Alexandrie Straw was given 93 out of 100 by Atkin, living up to its nickname of “sunshine in a bottle”.

Tim Atkin scored the 2018 Rosé a lovely 87 out of 100. We are very proud of this excellent scores.