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VONDELING 2016 Bowwood Pinotage has claimed a place as one of the best in South Africa with its first-ever win in the Absa Top 10 Pinotage awards announced at Boschendal today [SUBS: Wednesday, 14 August 2019].

The winning Vondeling Bowwood 2016 is only the third vintage of Pinotage made at Vondeling and ranked in the top 10 alongside some of the wine industry’s most long-standing and distinguished names in Pinotage.

“The Absa Top 10 is the biggest event there is for Pinotage and is known as a reliable indicator of the very best of Pinotage in South Africa, and so just making the list of 20 finalists for the first time was a thrill, especially as a very young producer. Taking a Top 10 trophy home is absolutely fantastic and we’re so proud to have made it into a list that features some of the most venerable names in Pinotage,” an elated Vondeling winemaker Matthew Copeland said.

Last year, the second vintage, 2015, was awarded the JF Hillebrand Trophy for Best Pinotage overall in the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Award. The 2014 achieved 4.5 stars in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Platter’s South African Wine Guide, and the 2015 was rated as 4 stars in the 2019 guide.

“This shows the consistency we are already achieving vintage after vintage. It’s a tribute to our small, site-specific, low-yielding Pinotage vineyard that delivers tiny berries packed with concentrated flavour and intense colour,” said viticulturist Magnus Joubert.

Vondeling Bowwood 2016 made the top 20 finalists’ list for the first time this year and was the only wine from the small Voor Paardeberg ward in the Paarl district to feature in the competition.

“We make the Bowwood Pinotage with the specific intention that it must rival the very best wines in the world, and a focus on making a wine of exceptional ageability. Accolades like these confirm that we are on the right track,” Copeland said.

In Copeland’s characteristic no-gimmicks style of “an honest expression of the origins of the fruit”, Vondeling Bowwood Pinotage 2016 is made from whole-fermented grapes, allowing for gradual extraction of tannins and colour, promoting finesse, balance and longevity. The wine is basket-pressed to new and second-fill American oak barrels where malolactic fermentation promotes harmony and seamless integration of flavours.

Each vintage is three years in the making: After 12 months’ maturation on the lees, the best eight barrels are selected and blended, and then returned to barrel for a further six months, followed by four months in stainless-steel tank. Once bottled, the wine matures for a further year before release, resulting, says Copeland, in a wine that is well matured and drinkable on release, but will reveal its full potential over time with additional cellaring.

The Bowwood has rich purple and red hues, an intense blackberry and cherry bouquet interlaced with sweet cloves and subtle vanilla oak. The wine is sensuous, with bold fruit and subtle spice aromatics persisting on the palate, with undertones of roasted almond and cigar. Tannins are finely textured, the palate broad and rich complemented by soft acidity – “a luxurious, full-flavoured modern expression of Pinotage” says Copeland.

Vondeling Bowwood Pinotage 2016 is available from selected specialist retailers and at the cellar door for R370.


INTERNATIONAL Pinotage Day is the perfect reason to pile family and friends into the car and explore the off-the-beaten-track Paardeberg countryside to join the area’s wineries at Vondeling Wines for the #PaardebergCountry Pinotage Festival on Saturday 12 October.

The wineries scattered around the foothills of the landmark Paardeberg which separates the Paarl and Swartland wine regions will come together at Vondeling to celebrate International Pinotage Day by showcasing the diversity of the South African signature grape in different styles of red, rosé and sparkling wines.

The #PaardebergCountry Pinotage Festival will also feature live music all day by four-piece band Cherry Vinyl while food trucks, coffee, biltong and cupcake vendors will keep the hunger pangs at bay as visitors enjoy award-winning Pinotage wines around the Vondeling gardens with their sweeping views over the Paardeberg.

“This is a great opportunity for wine lovers to experience not only different styles of pinotage as a red wine, and to compare those from Voor-Paardeberg to the Swartland, but also to see that pinotage has many other faces too,” said Vondeling co-owner Julian Johnsen, who produces his Rurale Blanc de Noir MCC from 100% pinotage.

Each of the wineries will showcase their own styles of pinotage, along with other wines in their ranges, with Johnsen and Vondeling winemaker Matthew Copeland presenting their pale pink bubbly Rurale and the 2016 Bowwood Pinotage fresh from its recent award as a 2019 Absa Top 10 Pinotage.

The participating Paardeberg Country wineries are Ayama, Doran Vineyards, Dragonridge, Lammershoek, Perdeberg Cellars, Scali, hosts Vondeling Wines and Wightman & Sons.

Die Worsrol food truck by The Goose Roasters will offer gourmet hotdogs, tempura fish and chips, Asian burgers and vegetarian options, while popular Italian restaurant Piccolo Posticino will serve up a variety of pizzas from their Tuk-Tuk truck. Biltong & Deli @Eden will be there too with their variety of biltong and droëwors products, Afrikano Coffee Company will serve coffee cones and other coffee products while Cup & Cake will satisfy the sweet tooth with cupcakes and koeksisters.

“Bring your picnic blankets and boules sets and enjoy our wine, food and a game of boules on the lawns,” says Johnsen.

Visitors will also be able to buy beautiful proteas farmed in the Paarl region.

The Sunflower Fund will be selling their topes and bands of hope and providing information on their work in fighting life-threatening blood diseases like leukaemia. The Sunflower Fund recruits potential stem cell donors and maintains a registry of potential donors willing to help those in need of a life-saving stem cell transplant. Funds raised go towards education, awareness campaigns and assisting patients and donors in the transplant process.

The Paardeberg Country Pinotage Festival takes place from 11:00-17:00 at Vondeling Wines, Voor-Paardeberg Road, Paarl, on Saturday, 12 October. Tickets at R150 from Quicket include a tasting glass, tasting of all wines on show and live music. No BYO food or drinks allowed. Children under 18 enter free of charge.


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LEGENDARY Cape Town chef Tayfun Aras is teaming up with Vondeling wine estate in the Voor-Paardeberg to bring a Turkish twist to South Africa’s favourite meal, celebrating September as both Heritage Month and “braai month”.
Aras, who sold the acclaimed Anatoli, Cape Town’s first authentic Turkish restaurant, last year after 15 years at the helm, will share his culinary heritage in a traditional Turkish barbecue for a lavish and lazy Sunday lunch on 15 September.
In Mediterranean-style, guests will be seated at long tables on the shaded terrace overlooking the vineyards and Paardeberg mountain, sharing Turkish carafes of white, rosé and red Vondeling wines and delicious platters of food, with Turkish music in the background to complete the atmosphere.

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Aras will braai in front of the guests – limited to 60 for an intimate experience – and share his knowledge of Turkish culture and food and stories of growing up in his birthplace of Ankara, where his love of his homeland’s cooking was sparked in his mother’s kitchen. “This is a first for the Winelands – there are no Turkish restaurants in this region, and it will be my first time cooking on a wine farm. As it is Heritage Month, I am excited to marry my food traditions and the relaxed Mediterranean style of dining with a similar culture of South Africans gathering around a braai in this beautiful setting.

“There is no better way to experience a culture and heritage than through its food,” Aras said. Guests can expect to experience Aras’s favourite Turkish flavours of cumin, lemon, oregano and mint in a three-course meal starting with meze platters of Turkish shepherd’s salad, humus, yoghurt-and-cucumber cacik and flatbreads. An array of lamb, chicken and swordfish kebabs follows, grilled on the open fire in exotic flavourful Turkish spices and marinades, with decadently sweet baklava with walnuts for dessert.

The cost of R695 per person includes the lunch and Vondeling house wines served throughout the meal. The full range of Vondeling wines will also be available for purchase to enjoy with the meal or take home. Vondeling co-owner Julian Johnsen and senior winemaker Matthew Copeland will host guests and share the story of the winery and their passion for conservation of the natural and built heritage of the Voor-Paardeberg farm. The Paardeberg Mountain is rich in indigenous fynbos, with four rare species unique to the area – Babiana Noctiflora, Erica Hippuris, Oscularia Paardebergenis and Serruria Roxberghii – and Vondeling plays a leading role in preserving and protecting this natural heritage. The winery’s flagship Babiana white blend and red Monsonia celebrate the indigenous flora of the area.

“We are as passionate about the natural heritage of our farm and the Paardeberg mountain as Tayfun is about his cultural and food heritage, so for Vondeling, and given South Africa’s multi-cultural heritage, this is a beautiful way to celebrate Heritage Month,” Johnsen said. After 15 years of being in the kitchen every day, delighting thousands of guests, Aras sold Anatoli at the end of 2018 to spend more time with his family and pursue his interest in creating culinary and cultural tours of Turkey. His first cookbook, ANATOLI, launched in 2018 and is available at Exclusive Books, Loot and Takealot.

Vondeling’s setting in the Voor-Paardeberg wine region has the charm of an idyllic and undiscovered country setting, within a 45-minute drive from Cape Town.

Only 60 seats are available for the event and bookings will be confirmed on pre-payment of R695 per person, which includes the meal, welcome drink and Vondeling house wines on the tables. For more information and bookings, contact Mariaan Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021 869 8339.

Curry Lunch

Warming curries are the ideal food partner for cold winter days. Just like a warm cup of soup, curries are the perfect warm-up dish for rainy and cold Cape winters. And what better way than to enjoy them with wine!

On Saturday 24 August we will light the fire to create a warm and cosy ambience, ready to welcome you to our curry and wine lunch.

Guests can look forward to 3 different curries paired with 3 Vondeling wines:

1. Durban fish curry paired with Vondeling Chardonnay
2. Red lentil curry paired with Vondeling Baldrick Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon
3. Fragrant and spicy Lamb curry OR Beef curry paired with Vondeling Monsonia

Curries will be served with basmati rice and poppadums.

DATE: Saturday 24 August 2019
TIME: 12h00 (this is a presented lunch event, please arrive by 11h45)
VENUE: Vondeling Wines, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl
COST: R250 pp
BOOKINGS: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 021 869 8339

*Only 30 seats are available for this event and bookings work on a first come, first served basis. Pre-payment confirms your booking.

*Please note this is a special event and due to space restrictions long/mixed tables will be allocated.


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Our first Savoury Cheesecake & Wine Pairing was a sold-out event and a huge success, and therefore we will be repeating it!

On Saturday 27 July Vondeling Wines in Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, will be bringing fans a food and wine experience when 4 different savoury cheesecakes will be paired with 4 of Vondeling's most well-loved wines, including our signature white blend, Babiana, and signature red blend, Monsonia.

The tasting will start at 12h00 and only 30 seats are available.
Bookings will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

These savoury cheesecakes are made with 4 different types of cheese, including cream cheese, parmesan, mozzarella and cheddar cheese.

Included in the tasting are the following pairings:
1. Salmon cheesecake paired with Vondeling Rosé
2. Chicken & Peppadew cheesecake paired with Vondeling Chardonnay
3. Biltong cheesecake paired with Vondeling Monsonia
4. Salami cheesecake paired with Vondeling Baldrick Shiraz

Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Vondeling wine and some biltong on arrival.

DATE: Saturday 27 July 2019
TIME: 11h30 for 12h00. The tasting will start at 12h00 sharp.
VENUE: Vondeling Wines Tasting Room, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl
COST: R200 per person, bookings essential
BOOKINGS: Essential and can be made with Mariaan Harris on 021 869 8339 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pre-payment secures your booking.

Guests are welcome to linger longer at Vondeling on the shaded terrace or lawns with a bottle of Vondeling Wines afterwards. Biltong will also be available to purchase.


Soups are the ideal meal for cold winter days. Just like a warm cup of tea, soups are the perfect warm-up dish for rainy and cold Cape winters. And what better way than to enjoy them with wine!

On 13 July we will light the fire to create a warm and cosy ambience, ready to welcome you to our first soup and wine tasting.

Guests can look forward to 3 different soups paired with 3 Vondeling wines:

1. Spicy Fish & chorizo soup with Vondeling Chardonnay
2. Creamy Roasted Mushroom soup with Vondeling Monsonia
3. Wholesome beef and lentil soup with Vondeling Cabernet Sauvignon.

Soups will be served with freshly baked bread and cheese.

DATE: Saturday 13 July 2019
TIME: 12h00 (this is a presented tasting, please arrive by 11h45)
VENUE: Vondeling Wines, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl
COST: R195 pp
BOOKINGS: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 021 869 8339

Only 30 seats are available for this event and bookings work on a first come, first served basis. Pre-payment confirms your booking.

Indonesian-born Connie Snow will be presenting an aromatic, interactive and informative cooking class at Vondeling Wines on Saturday 2 November 2019, in which she will teach guests how to cook a few exotic Indonesian dishes.

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Over the years, Connie has consistently delighted diners with her wholesome authentic Indonesian cuisine. Foodies will be delighted to know that her cooking is a celebration of the best of Indonesia, each dish offering a journey into the region’s rich variety of exotic flavours, exquisitely crafted to satisfy the most discerning palates.

Vondeling in the Voor-Paardeberg ward of the Paarl Winelands offers the perfect one-stop wedding destination for to-be bridal couples looking to tie the knot in 2019.
With spectacular views of the Paardeberg mountain and surrounding vineyards, this Winelands wedding venue has become increasingly popular for several reasons, listed below.

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Vondeling’s Viticulturist, Magnus Joubert, is working his 7th vintage at Vondeling this year. This gentle giant grew up on a wine farm in Stellenbosch and as a result, wine grape growing runs in his veins. He obtained a qualification from Elsenburg Acricultural Training Institute in 2000 and has been working as a viticulturist in the wine industry ever since. Magnus lives on Vondeling with his wife, Ciska, and their two daughters, Mia and Lisa. When he’s not tending to our vineyards, he loves to spend time away in rural Transkei where the people are friendly, and the coast line goes on forever.


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