Tuesday, 27 February 2018 08:46

Harvest 2018

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As I am writing, we are right in the middle of harvest. Although the drought has certainly affected the yield, the quality of the fruit harvested up to now has been very good. So far, we have picked Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Muscat de Frontignan, Grenache Blanc and Roussane. With regards to red cultivars, we have picked Pinotage for Rosé and for Bowwood, as well as one block of Merlot and one block of Shiraz. The next three weeks will see the rest of the Merlot and Shiraz being picked, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. And finally, the last to be picked will be the Carignan, Mourvèdre and Grenache Noir. 

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 08:41

We welcome visitors from afar

Our guests from St Austel breweries

Our guests from St Austel breweries

On the marketing side, we have been very busy. Rupert St Aubyn and Simon Leschallas of Southern Wines (our British importers) were out for their annual visit. They arranged some excellent meetings and tastings and a memorable braai with Sheperd Neame and St Austel breweries, both very good customers. We also paid Johannesburg and Durban a visit for our agent’s trade shows and we received great feedback form all our customers.

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 08:34

Vondeling Events – March

March Event

The Vondeling brand has a wide reach during March. Be sure to connect with us to enjoy your daily Vondel.

7 March | The National Eatery Food and Wine Dinner, Johannesburg

Join us when we collaborate with The National Eatery and Speakeasy for a five-course gastronomic extravaganza, including wines paired with every dish. Details here.

The National Menu

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 08:28

Wine of the Month


We are very excited to be releasing our premium, limited release wine, called Philosophie. It’s a Bordeaux-style blend and we only produced 1,800 bottles. It’s our attempt to make the best possible wine from our estate, with no expense spared in vineyard or cellar. Philosophie, is a brave endeavour in which we attempt to marry the mind, the heart and the soil as we celebrate the diversity of Vondeling. Each year a rare Paardeberg flower is selected and illustrated by an artist of our choice to create a unique label. In this, our maiden vintage, we’ve selected Haemanthus sanguineus to be our flag bearer. Appropriately, this delicate bloom was the first to emerge after the devastating veld fire of 2011 and for whom we cry, Per Ignem Vitae… from fire, life!

Get the tasting note here and order your share of Philosophie here. You can also purchase it in magnum size.

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 08:24

Hope for a Nation

President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Of course, the most wonderful thing that has happened to all of us in South Africa, is that we have a new President in Cyril Ramaphosa. As his presidency takes shape, South Africans are gaining new hope for our country. Life under Jacob Zuma was getting pretty bad and the rot was reaching into every tentacle of society. There is a new upbeat buzz all around and everyone is very hopeful of Cyril being an exceedingly good chap. Fingers crossed!

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Friday, 02 February 2018 08:50

***Valentine's Competition***

Valentines Treat

Spoil your sweetheart with a Valentine's Treat from Vondeling Wines, including

  • A Winemaker's Platter for two
  • A bottle of Vondeling Rosé with the platter
  • A gift voucher to the value of R375 to spend on any of your favourite Vondeling wines
  • Automatic membership to our Wine Club with heaps of benefits and discounts

To stand a chance of winning this prize valued at R700,

  • Like our page
  • Tag your sweetheart
  • Share this competition

The winner will be announced on Valentine's Day, 14 February.

T's & C's:
- The prize is not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.
- The competition is open to all South African' residents, but the prize, including the wine, must be collected from Vondeling wines in Paarl, Western Cape
- The prize can be redeemed between 15 February and 15 April 2018
- Transport is not included in the prize
- The competition is not open to under 18’s
- Entrants must like our page, tag a person in the comments, and share the post to enter the draw.

Enter our Valentines Day competition here.

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Friday, 02 February 2018 08:19

Julian's January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year Fellow Vondelingers!

I hope 2018 turns out to be a cracking year.

Here on the farm, the harvest is late (surprising taking into account the hot and dry conditions), but we started picking yesterday. 5 tons of chardonnay for our bubbly Rurale (Methode Ancestral). It's quite a process to make as it involves perfect timing from Matthew. Read more on what makes Methode Ancestral so special here.

 Newsletter Jan 2018 1  Newsletter Jan 2018 2

The picture of Matt the Winemaker’s “back-of-a-fag-packet” figures is of sugar readings taken in various vineyard blocks which gives us an idea of the premium time to pick, although we usually just go on taste. The other is a picture of Matt catching some relaxation time with Henry before harvest starts.

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 07:23

Vondeling Erica is renamed Monsonia

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The 2015 vintage of Vondeling flagship Rhone-style blend will be celebrating a new species of Paardeberg fynbos with a change in name from Erica to Monsonia.

Monsonia speciosa, is a rare and highly endangered flower indigenous to the Paardeberg. The common names include Butterfly Flower, Sambreeltjie, (little umbrella) and Slangblom (snake flower).

It’s named after Lady Anne Monson, great grandchild of King Charles II. Controversially, her first marriage was dissolved, due to the birth of an illegitimate child but she soon remarried Colonel George Monson of the Indian Military. She was known as a “remarkable lady botanist” and was instrumental in translating Linnaeus’s famous “Philosophia Botanica”. On her way to Calcutta, she visited the Cape of Good Hope and accompanied seasoned collector of South African plants, Carl Peter Thunberg, on several expeditions around the Cape. In 1774, he named the Monsonia species of plants after her.

The 2015 Vondeling Monsonia is a blend of 85% Shiraz, 6 % Mourvédre, 5% Grenache & 4% Carignan. It spent 18 months in 500 litre French oak barrels.

Click here to place your order.

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Monday, 11 December 2017 12:39

Julian's Final Newsletter of 2017

Greetings from a rather hot Voor Paardeberg

As I write with the air con drumming away, we are in the midst of a mini heatwave, 40 C today, but thankfully predicted to be back to 25 C on Saturday. Life here on Vondeling has been very busy in the last 4 weeks, with masses of orders going out every day, as restaurants and retailers stock up for the Christmas avalanche. If you try and book a table in any of the top restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands over the holidays now, they are virtually all booked out. I am reliably informed the same goes for Durban and Plettenburg Bay as well. I am pleased to report that you should find Vondeling wines in most of these establishments.

Also we had a terrific evening on 20th November when Bridget, my wife, held a fund raising dinner for the Drakensburg Boys Choir School. It was an absolute sell out and while guests sat down to a 3 course dinner accompanied by delicious Vondeling wines, the boys sang absolutely beautifully. Along with the Vienna Boys Choir School and the Westminster Cathedral Boys School Choir they are regarded as the best in the world! In their 50 year history the “Drakkies” have sung in the Vatican, the White house, Westminster Palace (for the Queen), Nelson Mandela and Vondeling!

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:17

Julian's October Newsletter

Greetings from Vondeling

October has been rather a challenging month. All the vineyards are going bonkers and exploding with life and the chardonnay is flowering already. Everything looking good at this stage although the Shiraz has got off to a bit of an uneven start. Poor old Felix, one of our Aberdeen Angus bulls, twisted his knee ligaments “on the job”and the vet said he would have to be “off games” for the rest of the season, so that rather sealed his fate. He had a good life. Our other bull, Jack, was of course delighted to see Felix go and now has all 50 cows to himself. We have harvested the oat hay and about to cut the wheat which looks great. See picture below.

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