Intelligent Wine - For The Love Of The Soil, The Vines And The Wine

Welcome to The Giant Periwinkle, a boutique winery just outside Baardskeerdersbos near Gansbaai. The small and exclusive wine farm forms part of the Agulhas Wine Route and is a sought after destination for lovers of the pressed grape. White and red wines produced at The Giant Periwinkle, have been welcomed by the wine community and recognised by the John Platter Wine Guide that has awarded its wines with 4 and 4.5 stars. Expect wines ranging from eminently quaffable to connoisseur, true to their terroir at the Southern tip of the Overberg’s wine kingdom. Wine tasting and sales at The Giant Periwinkle are by appointment.

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While diving off the Cape Agulhas coast near Suiderstrand, thinking about a name for what was then a fledgling garagiste wine, winemaker Pierre Rabie noticed an unusually large cluster of edible sea snails known as alikreukel in Afrikaans. This delicacy gave rise to The Giant Periwinkle name.

Combining respect for the art of winemaking, a love for the countryside, and a desire to keep on learning, together with his partners, Karen van Helden and Robert Stelzner, they have brought their wine farm dream to fruition.

The Team

The Giant Periwinkle wines are brought to you by a trio of friends who are passionate about viticulture. The team consists of:

  • Pierre Rabie - Cellar Master
  • Karen van Helden - Viticulturist (in training)
  • Robert Stelzner - Social Marketer

The Giant Periwinkle is steadily gaining a name amongst wine lovers both locally and internationally for its quality and true to terroir expression.

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The Wine Making Process

From start to finish, the winemaking process at The Giant Periwinkle differs from that employed by large commercial wine producers.

The grapes are sorted by hand to ensure that only those of the finest quality make it to the production stage. Then, whole-bunch fermentation and extended skin contact take place which allows more natural tannins and flavours to be imparted to the wines. Unfiltered, unfined wines retain their flavour profiles.  Some are made and stored in alternative vessels such as clay amphora, all contributing to an intelligent handcrafted product. 

White Wine

White Wine

The Giant Periwinkle White Wines:

Blanc Fume 2017 - Sauvignon Blanc 
  • 4.5-stars John Platter
  • Sophisticated, cool climate, lightly wooded, 100% barrel-fermented 
  • White peach and citrus, combined with hints of buchu and fynbos  
Blanc Fume 2018 
  • As good, if not better than 2017
  • Still to be rated 
South Cape White 2018 - White Rhône Blend 
  • A ground-breaking blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc
The Bard 2018
  • A blend of Semillon, Nouvelle, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc
  • Tropical fruit aromas with lemon, lime, white peach and green apple
Wind Scorpion Sauvignon Blanc 2018
  • Passion fruit, lime, peach, capsicum and fynbos
Red Wine

Red Wine

The Giant Periwinkle Red Wines:

Coenraad De Buys 2017 - Syrah / Grenache / Malbec
  • Smooth tannins, naturally fermented and dry
  • Violets, dark fruits, spices, pepper and herbs
Kelp Forest Syrah 2018 
  • Natural fermentation, firm tannins, excellent ageing potential 
  • Violets, white pepper, allspice, cloves, dark fruit, blackberry, mulberry
Baardbek 2016 - Red Rhône Blend (mainly Syrah / Cinsaut) 
  • Naturally fermented with structured tannins
  • Strawberries, leather, plums and perfume
Sun Spider 2018 - Pinotage 
  • An elegant cool climate Pinotage
  • Generous red fruit and earthy notes 
  • Medium bodied with a long and savoury finish on the palate 
Wine Tasting and Purchases

Wine Tasting and Purchases


The Giant Periwinkle Wines invite you to arrange a visit and tasting at their cellar on the outskirts of Baardskeerdersbos where you can learn more about their vision and purchase some wine. 

Visits are by appointment. For more information contact De Wet Groenewald at The Giant Periwinkle. 

Shop Online

Shop Online

Order your favourite The Giant Periwinkle wine online and enjoy the convenience of it being delivered to your doorstep. This is the perfect gift idea for fellow wine-lovers.

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“Some of the best wines available.” De Wet Groenewald, GoogleReviews
“Personal and special John Platter 4 and 4.5-star wines direct from the cellar near Baardskeerdersbos.” Robert Stelzner, GoogleReviews
“Worth the visit. Great undiscovered wines.” Henk Havenga, GoogleReviews



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