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Solar Park

The House of Louis®-owned Brakkefontein Solar Park consists of 504 ha of strategic land opposite the landmark Koeberg Power Station, where the process of developing a major solar energy project is currently underway. Renewable energy has been prioritised by the national government, whose stated aim is for 30% of South Africa's energy consumption to be derived from alternative/renewable sources by 2020. To this end, the Department of Energy Affairs have released a first tender of 1450 megawatt nationally so that the private sector can apply for Independent Power Producer (IPP) licenses, which will then be fed into the national Escom grid.

This project involves partnerships with other developers and providers to place over 135 hectares of the park under solar panels, which can produce the maximum amount of power allowed per site of 75 megawatt. This represents one of the biggest projects of its kind in South Africa and it is expected to offer attractive investment opportunities in the future.


SylvanVale is the name given to the vineyards surrounding the historic Devon Valley Hotel. Built in 1947, the hotel is a well-known Stellenbosch landmark and generations of Stellenbosch residents have fond memories of enjoying a drink or a meal while sitting on the hotel patio overlooking the vineyards. These vineyards now produce the SylvanVale wines for the Louis family and its clients.

Grapes have been grown on the property since the 1960s. Today, SylvanVale offers some of the finest quality vineyards in the valley. The south-east facing slopes, with their rich red soils and cool Atlantic breeze, produce superb Pinotage, Cabernet and Chenin Blanc cultivars.



SylvanVale Vineyards