Greetings Vondelingers,

We are getting some beautiful winter days, but extremely chilly early mornings, when we all meet up at the barn for work.

4C this morning and a predicted 3C tomorrow morning. This is all good for the vines though, ensuring a good dormant period.

We have also been planting baby almond trees on the new farm at Vrymansfontein. This is the last tree of the day going in.

7616 in one day. Magnus and Basson (our Farm Managers) were very chuffed with the new plantings.



On the wine front, sales have been flying out of the door after lockdown was lifted. Also, our Bowwood Pinotage 2017 has made it

through to the Absa Top 20, which will be whittled down to the Absa top 10 on August 31st.

Of course, we were all delighted with the Springboks defeating the British and Irish Lions in the final test.

Matthew (our head winemaker) sent his son Josh off to school the day before the match, properly attired!

Poor old Alun Wyn-Jones had another tough day at the office.


Finally, I was extremely sad to learn about the death of Duimpie Bayley yesterday, completely out of the blue from a sudden heart attack.

He was a wonderful man and a true legend in the South African wine industry. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.

Here he is with Matthew and his friend at our tasting room opening at Vondeling in 2013 and tasting some wine and being his wonderful jovial self.

Please see our scrumptious wine specials underneath to warm up the rest of your August.

‘’Low-Temperature records were broken this winter. Red wine not only warms the soul but helps to combat the coldest of days. So, remove the extra layer of clothing and snuggle up next to the fire with 5 wines we have selected to keep you warm as we count down to warmer weather’’.
Buy two cases of the following wines and receive an extra 10% discount.

12 x Barrel Selection Merlot 2018 Was R1632 Now R1440

12 x Petit Rouge Merlot 2020 Was R867 Now R765

12 x Monsonia 2017 Was R2499 Now R2205

12 x Baldrick Shiraz 2019 Was R969 Now R855

12 x Philosophie 2016 Was R8721 Now R7695

*Wine club members only
*Valid until the 31st of August 2021




Until then, take care