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.

Producer Information

Backsberg Estate Cellars


Sydney Back First Distillation 25 Years Potstill, Sydney Back 15 Year Old Potstill

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Facilities & Visiting Hours

Restaurant, Cellar Tour, Wheel Chair Friendly, Gift Shop

The tasting room is open Monday to Saturday from 09h00 to 17h00 and on Sundays from 10h00 to 16h30.

Tour Information

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.