Our Beginnings

A true Cinderella story

At Brookdale, the Rudd family saw opportunity and potential in what was, at the time, an overgrown and under-used area of land in the Paarl Winelands. Tim Rudd, proprietor, acquired the property with a clear vision in mind to create a world-class country estate that encourages the freedom to be curious, to try new things, to test the limits and to pioneer new paths.

Brookdale Estate is the pinnacle of the Rudd family’s passions. Here, Mediterranean varietals, a unique Paarl terroir and unusual winemaking techniques are brought together under the visionary hand of owner, Tim Rudd, and winemaker, Kiara Scott. The first step in this vision – produce fine and interesting wine blends using unusual varietals in a South African context. Before vines could be planted, 67 hectares of alien vegetation and overgrown vines had to be cleared in order to restore balance to the land. Indigenous vegetation and gardens were created in abundance alongside new, thoughtfully planted vineyards.

Brookdale Estate is also home to an elegant Manor House set against a dramatic backdrop of the Klein Drakenstein mountains, a refuge of wellness and tranquillity. We have broken ground on the upcoming restaurant and tasting lounge where you can once again expect the unexpected with menus crafted by Gary Coetzee and tasting experiences that serve to nourish your mind as much as your palate.

Our wines will spark your interest while they dance along your palate. Our guests are encouraged to feel at home in the privacy and elegance of the Brookdale Manor House, while we look after all aspects of their wellbeing. A space to pause and breathe. Joy, peace and tranquillity permeate the atmosphere all around you.

Welcome to Brookdale Estate. Stay curious.


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Brookdale Estate is a place to come together, to strike up a conversation, and to explore your understanding of yourself and the world around you.

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Looking after the planet & its people

Wellness & Wellbeing

Wellness is when balance is restorative, and we take this approach to our vineyards, gardens, wines, food and experiences. When the Estate was first acquired by Tim Rudd, he set about restoring the balance of nature by removing alien vegetation and replanting indigenous plants alongside the vines. The land has continued to blossom with birds and small wildlife are becoming increasingly plentiful.

This philosophy extends to our winemaking practices, kitchens and Manor House. Balance in essential to all that we do in both flavour and creation. Nothing in our kitchens is wasted and we focus on keeping food miles as low as possible with our own organic vegetable gardens, orchards and homemade fare. Our winemaking style focuses on a vine-to-glass philosophy where care must be taken from the root of the vine all the way to the final creation. Each aspect of the Brookdale experience is carefully considered to be low impact on the environment while nourishing the body, mind and soul of our guests.


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