Jean has had 35 harvests in his life as a winemaker. 34 more than a forester he would add tongue in cheek, a forester gets on average one harvest in his life as trees would more often than not be cut down at the age of 100 years plus. Jean’s harvests were done in Germany, France, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and since 2006 in Napier.
Jean had his ear to the ground when he considered buying his own farm and the cold climate along the coast of L’Agulhas where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet with the Elim farms already firmly established as top producers especially in Sauvignon Blanc, made it the ideal place to settle down to grow his own grapes. A small river runs through the property, giving it that quaint feel that is hard to find any where else.
Eldest son, Jean-Pierre joined the family business and is now firmly ensconced in the seat as winemaker of JD wines with the JD, Signature labels in his hands. Jean himself will make the wines strictly from Napier from the family farm, Domaine Daneel
Please Note: If you would like to come to the farm and attend a wine tasting, please remember it is by appointment only. We will be more than happy to show you around and taste our current range of wines if you let us know when you will be coming.
Our range of wines:
JD Initial White blend – crisp dry and fruity, ideal for summer lunches or hot lazy evenings
JD Initial Red Blend – gorgeous and smooth, good for casual suppers
Signature Chenin Blanc – wooded but still fruity, the name Chenin is already synonymous with Jean Daneel wines after all their awards
Signature Sauvignon Blanc – Crisp dry, fresh, un-wooded, tropical full flavored wine
Signature Red Blend – made in the French style, perfect for candlelit dinners
Le Grand Jardin – Handcrafted wine from the Napier property, according the old traditional method