The property known as Grangehurst was purchased by winemaker Jeremy Walker's parents in 1973.
Eddie and Betty Walker emigrated from England to Cape Town, South Africa in 1952. About 21 years
later they decided to move to the rural environment of Stellenbosch, and named their small farm
"Grangehurst" – after Betty's childhood home "The Grange" in Birmingham, and "Hurst Close" – the
name of the street in London where Eddie lived as a child. Coincidentally, "grange" means "a
country house with farm buildings" and "hurst" means "on a hill" – a very apt description
The year after moving to Grangehurst, Jeremy enrolled at Stellenbosch University to study Viticulture
and Oenology. After graduating in 1977, he worked at Bertrams Wines in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch for
two vintages. He then spent a vintage in Germany and France before returning to South Africa to complete
an MBA degree at Cape Town University. He only returned to winemaking six years later when he helped
establish a new wine cellar, Clos Malverne (almost next door to Bertrams in Devon Valley). After six
vintages at Clos Malverne, Jeremy decided to set up his own winery.
The family property Grangehurst, although too small to be a viable farm, was suitable for the establishment
of a winery. With some prime vineyards in the neighbourhood, Jeremy started sourcing top quality Cabernet
Sauvignon, Pinotage and Merlot grapes to crush, ferment and press in the former squash court at Grangehurst.
The first vintage produced at Grangehurst was adjudged the Champion Wine at the South African Young Wine
Show - a dream start for this small red wine cellar. From the maiden vintage wines in 1992, the winery
developed from a "commercial hobby" into a fully-fledged small winery in 1999, when a production cellar
was constructed and the business was converted into a company. In 2004, John Hill – our partner at Sunset
Vineyard (refer "Vineyards") – joined as our business partner in the winemaking activities of Grangehurst Winery.