Travelling through the Swartland on the back of a truck, heading towards an auction, a Nguni cow knew a beautiful vineyard when she saw one and jumped off on the Swartland Farm of DB Rust. She was appropriately named Survivor when the grower found her grazing in his vineyard.

“What makes SURVIVOR Wines so special is: we get to choose distinctive grapes from the most expressive terroirs from several of South Africa’s best wine-producing regions.”

Survivor Cellar Master Pierre Wahl


Terroir Range

Indulge in the essence of our Terroir Range, a celebration of the land and its grapes. We meticulously select the best areas for each cultivar—Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cap Classique—sourcing grapes from these regions to create wines that authentically express each terroir’s unique influence. Affordable luxury meets modern sophistication in this range, offering an unparalleled tasting experience that captivates the palate.

Reserve Range

Discover the artistry of our Reserve Range, where we focus on two distinguished cultivars from the Swartland terroirs: Bushvine Chenin Blanc and Pinotage. Carefully selected from only the 10 finest barrels of each vintage, these wines are aged to perfection, ensuring a depth of flavour and complexity that defines the Swartland region. Immerse yourself in the richness of this range, a testament to our unwavering dedication to craftsmanship and quality.

Cellar Master Series

At the pinnacle of our offerings lies the Cellar Master Series, a collection that unveils the undiscovered diamond of the Tradouw terroir. Our Chablis-style Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend redefine elegance and sophistication. Crafted by our expert Cellar Master, Pierre Wahl, these wines represent the epitome of excellence. Here one finds some of the oldest soil types in the world, such as Bokkeveld shale, where we want to capture the purity transferred from this precious land into each bottle.

Meet the Cellar Master behind the magic

Acclaimed winemaker Pierre Wahl heads up as our Cellar Master for Survivor Wines. Pierre is a member of the highly respected Cape Winemakers Guild and recipient of the 2016 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award. Within the industry, he is affectionately known as the ‘Pope of Pinotage’, in recognition of his expertise with this unique varietal.

Pierre Wahl’s journey into winemaking is a narrative woven with a deep passion for nature and an unwavering commitment to crafting exceptional wines.

“I love making wine from all these different areas. I believe the more different building blocks you have, the more complex wine you will be able to make.”
Pierre Wahl

Travel Terroir with Survivor

Travel Terroir with Survivor, exploring our diverse range, as well as the terroirs across the globe. As we journey from the Swartland, where our story originated, to Darling, Elgin, Stellenbosch, and the latest stop in Tradouw, we endeavour to captivate your palate and allure you as we commence our journey as we Travel Terroir together.

Terroir (noun): (for website)

  1. The complete environment in which a particular wine is being produced, including factors such as the soil, topography and climate.
  2. The characteristic taste and flavour imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced.

Each case is curated by Cellar Master Pierre Wahl and will highlight one or more terroirs explored by Survivor Wines, as well as wines that can be selected by you from our Terroirs that you would like to explore. For the 2024 year we will release three cases and for each year after we will release four cases per annum.




  • Wine Club

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  • Tradouw Day 20 April 2024

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  • Mundus Vini 2024 Highlights

    Mundus Vini 2024 Highlights

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