Our history - from elephants to vineyards

The first people to inhabit the area where the Lutzville vineyards are today were the Khoi Khoi, a nomadic tribe who grazed their prime cattle on the fertile banks and pastures of the deep, powerful and slow-moving river in the area.

Elephants also roamed these fertile valleys, which is why the first European settlers who explored the West Coast from the Cape of Good Hope around 1680 named the region the Olifants (or Elephant's) River.

European explorers frequently ventured off the beaten track up the West Coast in search for new land, fabled riches and adventure. When the explorers were tired and weary, they found shelter in a rocky outcrop inhabited by bats on the outskirts of what is now known as Lutzville.  Legend has it that this is the rock that elephants used to scratch their itchy behinds!

Many of the adventurers recognised the potential of the fertile valley and bountiful river as an agricultural settlement and decided to stay and enjoy the serene beauty of the West Coast.

Over the course of time, the valley that stretches along the meandering river was planted with vineyards yielding wines of superior quality that today belong to the West Coast Wine Route.

The first signs of viticulture and wine making are recorded by a French explorer and collector by the name of François Le Vaillant. He records purchasing “some strong liquor” from a widow Van Zeijl near the end of the 1700’s.

About 200 years later, in 1963, Lutzville winery was born. From this time, Lutzville has continued to grow and produce elegant, honest, fruity and easy drinking wines from South Africa’s West Coast. Although the landscape has changed, the quintessential West Coast character remains the same. From the moment you open and enjoy a bottle of Lutzville, you will experience the warmth, purity and pioneering spirit of the West Coast.

Venture off the beaten track and discover Lutzville wines.