ownerEdwin Doran and Andre Badenhorst
- Vineyard Area: 120 acres
- Soil Type: Table Mountain sandstone
- Varieties Cultivated: Chenin, Grenache Gris, Roussanne, Pinotage, Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc
- Annual Production: 100,000 bottles
- Country: South Africa
- Winemaker: Martin Lamprecht
- Topography: Foothills of a Mountain
Doran Vineyards, a collaboration between two long-time friends that combines Irish flair and passion for life with a South African love and appreciation of the land and its traditions, is a boutique Irish-African vineyard venture in the Voor Paardeberg. Irishman Edwin Doran first started visiting South Africa in the early 90’s when his successful school sports travel business ran their first rugby tour to Wynberg Boys High School.
Head of the Wynberg governing body and father of the rugby captain, was André Badenhorst and the two men instantly found common ground over their shared love of rugby and wine. André’s role within the South African wine industry has been of huge importance, founding and building up some of the Cape’s most iconic wine farms and enduring wine brands. After farming in Constantia, first leasing Buitenverwachting and creating the hugely-popular ‘Buiten Blanc’, and then establishing Constantia Uitsig from scratch, André was intrigued by the new challenge of leaving cool-climate winemaking behind to focus on the warmer Voor Paardeberg region.
The farm itself, Far Horizons, is 179ha in the heart of one of South Africa’s most up-and-coming wine districts, Voor Paardeberg. The combination of opportunities afforded by the new cellar, André’s expertise and Edwin’s business acumen has meant that Doran Vineyards has been able to entice accomplished young winemaker, Martin Lamprecht, away from the Rhône Valley back to his South African roots.