“We chose Cape Jaffa because of what we felt saw and what we felt. There was no track record so we had to go by feeling” Derek Hooper
A free-spirited sense of adventure led the Hooper family to the wild, windswept shores of Cape Jaffa in 1993. Trailbreakers rather than traditionalists, the Hooper’s have made their own way, creating a vineyard in harmony with the environment…and life. Hard work, passion and professionalism is poured into every vintage, helped along by morning surfs, crayfish, beach walks and bonfires.
Anna & Derek intuitively hand craft all wines using a combination of old and new world techniques, drawing from their experiences at a number of world-renowned French wineries across Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley. Red wine fermentation particularly pays tribute to the time- honoured European way involving hand plunging of wines in open concrete tanks. French oak is their only choice for storing and maturing wines. A policy of minimal intervention and old-world winemaking techniques is taken on board to preserve the regional fruit characters in their biodynamic wines. Derek & Anna make wines that reflect the lifestyle they lead and the region they love. They like to call it the ‘oceans influence’. Its the way nature intended. And its a lifestyle worth bottling!