A true Cinderella story, Brookdale was once overgrown and underused. The Rudd family, originally from the United Kingdom, recognised the potential of the property and acquired the 67-hectare estate in 2015. Their vision was to create a world-class country estate producing fine wines, including interesting blends crafted from varietals that are somewhat ‘unusual’ in South Africa.

A single block of (certified old-vine) Chenin Blanc, estimated to be about 36 years old, was saved to become Brookdale’s maiden release in 2017. New vineyards were planted, and the Rudd family set out to further restore the balance of nature on the estate by clearing 27-hectares of alien vegetation. Indigenous vegetation was planted, including 3700 trees, as well as expansive gardens for Manor House resident guests to explore. The Brookdale Manor House is available as an exclusive-use, luxury villa rental, sleeping one group of up to 12 guests.

As ardent wine connoisseurs, Brookdale Estate is the pinnacle of the Rudd family’s passion. Here, Mediterranean varietals, a unique Paarl terroir and unusual winemaking techniques are brought together under the visionary hand of Tim Rudd and talented young winemaker Kiara Scott. Currently the wine is made off-site on the neighbouring farm Avondale until the completion of the new Brookdale Cellar and Tasting Room in 2022/3.

Brookdale Estate's Cellar

  • The Global Fine Wine Challenge
    Brookdale Estate Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2020