Beyond the wine world, Backsberg Estate Cellars is well-known for its 3 award-winning potstill brandies, produced under the label of Sydney Back Brandy. Named after the farm’s second-generation owner, each of these products is a true celebration of the potstill category.
Brandy distillation at Backsberg commenced in 1991, under the careful guidance of then-owner Sydney. This saw the re-introduction of a practice that had been in existence on the estate 150 years prior. In 1994, the first blend was released into the market. This blend received noticeable acknowledgement in a global context and was awarded the title of “the Best Brandy in the World™” at the International Wine and Spirits Competition held in London in 1995.
This initial blend is still available to the public, albeit in limited quantities. For something a little less rare but still of superior quality, Backsberg has two stupendous options, holding both a 10 and 15-year-old blend within the collection. Both have been crafted in a similar cognac-like style to the first distillation.
Sydney Back Brandy is something truly special. It has heart, soul and a bit of punch, just like its namesake.
General cellar tours are provided on a daily basis by appointment. Patrons are guided through the wine cellar and additional production spaces as well as the brandy still and brandy barrel room. A worthy tour for any brandy connoisseur.
By appointment only.