Anton and Julia van Biljon are passionate about their family and their home and really feel a deep sense of belonging at Tarentaal. They felt that they needed to make a lasting impression and not just live at Tarentaal and what better way to do it than to create a fine wine in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands. They strive to create a top quality wine and have been blessed with the perfect terroir for the creation of an exquisite Bordeaux blend. All their grapes are grown and produced on Tarentaal which puts them in the privileged position of producing their own wine on their own land. They take a great sense of pride in this both as a great achievement and as a great privilege.
The van Biljons started replanting the vineyards ten years ago and decided to plant all the Bordeaux varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Pettit Verdot - in order for them to strive to make a superior Bordeaux blend.
Their blend is Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated and is a full blend with layers of fruit and berry flavours and well integrated tannins. It is elegantly powerful and compliments food seamlessly.
The climate in Stellenbosch is ideally suited for growing a top Bordeaux blend and with their southern facing vineyards, granite soils and cooling sea breezes the grapes ripen later in the season and have ample time to develop a complex and rich character.
The 2011 van Biljon Cinq (our maiden vintage) was awarded 4 ½ stars by platters wine guide.
The 2012 van Biljon Cinq was awarded 4 stars by platters wine guide.
The 2013 & 2014 van Biljon Cinq was awarded 4 ½ stars by platters wine guide.
Our journey to wine making
Chris Keet is without doubt one of the finest winemakers our country has ever produced. Anton met Chris some 15 years ago through Chris' twin brother Paul, who like Anton is a fellow ophthalmologist. When Chris wanted to venture on his own Anton convinced him to make the van Biljon Wine Cellar his base.
Anton grew up and studied medicine in Pretoria. He moved to Hermanus and has been in private practice there for the past 19 years. Anton also has a practice in Stellenbosch and is the father of 4 beautiful and talented children: Chloe, Elan, Noelle and Line.
Julia grew up in Cape Town and studied Business Science at UCT. She has her own swimwear company designing and manufacturing swimwear for customers all over the world.