The Verburg family is exuberant and enthusiastic about their farm on the Botriver hillside – and their wines are thriving under the passionate guidance of winemaker Niels Verburg. Luddite Wines, situated on the eastern slopes of the Houw Hoek mountains 1.5km from the village of Bot River, was founded in 1999 with the sole aim of making world class Shiraz. A Chenin and a new red called Saboteur have been added to the Luddite portfolio. The south eastern slopes are ideal for long ripening while no irrigation ensures a small berry size and concentrated flavours, resulting in well-balanced and classic wines. Being a Luddite, explains Niels, is a way of life that is mindful of the use of unnecessary technologies and mechanisation. Individuality, and practising his craft conscientiously, is the foundation of Luddite Wines. Niels is also a member of The Cape Winemakers Guild.