Wednesday, 13 November 2019 07:57

Showers and Rainbows

Hi Everyone

Well, South Africa won the Rugby World Cup. Absolutely fantastic, very uplifting and everyone celebrated like mad!

This punter was seen celebrating with a bottle of our Double Gold Rose in Camps Bay.

We have had some fantastic late rains getting more than triple the average for October, but it has meant that we have had to be extra diligent in the vineyards. keeping our eyes open for Downy and Powdry Mildew, which can decimate one’s crop. Luckily the winds have stayed fresh and it has remained fairly cool ensuring a very healthy looking flowering season.

If the weather gods stay with us, this will turn into a beautiful bunch of Cabernet Sauvignon by March 2020.

We were very excited to receive a double gold for our 2016 Method Ancestral bubbly in the new SA Sparling Wine Championships among some stellar opposition. You can order it online here.

We had the most beautiful wedding this month, the chapel and reception area really looked amazing. Enquire about our wedding packages via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enjoy the build up to Christmas. Its round the corner!

All the best


Wednesday, 09 October 2019 12:47

Hello from Vondeling

Chard Double Gold

Hello from Vondeling,

We were delighted to receive the above award last weekend and we also won gold for our 2016 Monsonia blend and 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon. Added to the Absa top 10 Pinotage trophy for our 2016 Vondeling Bowwood pinotage and the double gold for 2019 Rose, its been a great few weeks for winning awards

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 12:40

Go Slowly, Come Back Quickly

Greetings Vondelingers

I am writing from the wet and saturated slopes of Voor-Paardeberg where the dams are filling up fast. May the rains go slowly and come back quickly to top up our water resources for summer.

A couple of weeks ago we planted a new block of Malbec. This fruity variety originally comes from Bordeaux, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot . Unbelievably, Malbec was the fastest growing red variety in the UK last year, mainly due to the incredible success the Argentinians have had with it. In years to come we will possibly add it to our Bordeaux-style red blend.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 12:33

In the Middle of Winter at Vondeling

Hi there,

Winter has set in at Vondeling and we will begin pruning at the end of the month.

We recently had some very special visitors staying for the weekend. Marie Van Breda was celebrating her 80th birthday with her children and grandchildren from Switzerland, Namibia and Cape Town. Marie’s Father, Lambertus Smith, owned Vondeling and she was brought up here. She has some amazing memories and I think they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to host a private function here at Vondeling.

Hello Everyone

My brother in law's brother, Eddie, was on holiday in Palma de Mallorca last week, enjoying the Mediterranean sunshine. He thought he definitely needed some wine to accompany the beautiful spring weather, so he popped into the nearest wine shop and was delighted to find some Vondeling. He reported that Palma and Vondeling Chenin are extremely well matched.

Monday, 15 April 2019 10:50

Harvest 2019 Report

Dear Vondelingers

Well, that was quite a long harvest. We started picking on 24th January (Chardonnay for our sparkling Methode Ancestral) and finished last week on April 4th (Cabernet Sauvignon). We will finish pressing next week just before Easter. I think then there is a good chance that we may share a beer or two with Matthew and Emile, our illustrious winemakers. :-)

The harvest overall was a fairly tricky one. The crop was definitely affected by the drought last year which resulted in unbelievably dry sub soils and the inability (due to no water) to carry out a post-harvest irrigation in 2018, which is vitally important for the vines to build up reserves for the following season. Then a big downpour at the beginning of March put us back a few weeks. As usual, “proof will be in the pudding”, so lets just see how the wines turn out.


Matt his Bowwood team

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.

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.

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