What does Tormentoso mean?

Cabo Tormentoso meaning Cape of Storms, is the original Portuguese name for the Cape of Good Hope that dates back to the voyages of discovery by Bartholomieu Dias and Vasco da Gama in 1488 and 1492.

What’s with the Sea Monster on the label?

The sea monster image was taken off old hand-drawn maps. When the cartographers were drawing their maps, they used sea monsters, dragons and sailing ships to hide uncharted territories on their maps. Our specific sea monster is taken from a mosaic on a memorial square called the Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon, Portugal. This mosaic of a map in the middle of a large compass rose was given to the people of Portugal as a gift by the South African government as part of the 5th Centenary celebrations of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator.

Why Tormentoso? That doesn’t sound very South African?

South Africa actually has a very long relationship with Portugal – the first Portuguese explorers rounded the Cape of Good Hope in 1488 and in more modern times many Portuguese have settled in South Africa. Both Portugal and the South African winelands have Mediterranean climates characterised by winter rainfall and long hot dry summers.

Is this a new winery?

Tormentoso is produced by the team at MAN Vintners (also known as MAN Family Wines). Tormentoso is the Reserve range of vineyard selection wines produced MAN Family Wines. MAN Vintners was established in 2001, and our first release of our Tormentoso range of wines was in 2009.

Is Tormentoso a big winery?

MAN Vintners is a medium-sized winery but the Tormentoso wines are produced in fairly small quantities. The smallest production wine is our Touriga Nacional with about 4000 bottles per year and the largest is our Cabernet Sauvignon with around 60,000 bottles per year.

Who is the winemaker?

Riaan Möller is our winemaker (since 2011) and Tyrrel Myburgh is Cellarmaster.

Where is the cellar?

We make the wines at a facility in Paarl that is not open to the public.

Where are the vineyards?

Our vineyards are primarily located in the Agter-Paarl region, however, for some of our wines we do go outside of our region. For example our Touriga Nacional comes from a particular vineyard in Stellenbosch and about half of our Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a special vineyard in Bottelary, Stellenbosch. But our main focus is on our vineyards in the Agter-Paarl region.

Where is the Agter-Paarl region?

The Agter-Paarl region is a large basin situated between Paardeberg Mountain, Paarl Mountain and Durbanville.

What are the soils like in the Agter-Paarl region?

What makes it particularly special for winemaking is the soil that produces small grapes, concentrated with flavour. You’ll find two types of soil here: decomposed granite and Malmesbury shale. Decomposed granite is a lighter soil type that works well for early season cultivars and the granite gives minerality to the wines. Malmesbury shale is a dense soil type with a large clay component that has good water retention ability, so it is very suitable for later ripening varieties.

I’ve never had Tormentoso before, which wine should I start with?

We only produce one white wine, so we would suggest you start with our lightly-oaked Tormentoso Old Vine Chenin Blanc and then try our very popular Tormentoso Bush Vine Pinotage or Tormentoso Old Vine Cinsaut.


Can I visit Tormentoso Wines?

We don’t currently have a tasting room, but you can make an appointment with us to taste our wines via info@tormentosowines.co.za or contact + 27 21 861 7759.

At Tormentoso Wines we will make every possible effort to find a distributor close to you – feel free to call us on +27 21 861 7759 or email us at info@tormentosowines.co.za for more information.

Can I buy Tormentoso Wines online?

Yes – for South African customers, we have our own online order form here: www.tormentosowines.co.za/buywine

Alternatively, these online retailers stock our wines:

South Africa:



www.sawinesonline.co.uk (UK)
http://www.greatwesternwine.co.uk/producers/man-family-wine (UK)
http://www.winerack.com.hk/store/en/wine/south-africa (Hong Kong)
http://www.abcfws.com/ (Florida, USA)