South Africa’s oldest wine estates

Vergelegen – 1700, Somerset West

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Vergelegen was first settled in 1700 by an early Governor of the Cape, Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Van der Stel illegally used the resources of his employer, the Dutch East India Company, to improve the estate. When his activities came to light in 1706 he was sacked and much of the estate was sold off. In 1798 it was bought by the Theunissen family who began cultivating vines, until the phylloxera broke out in the late nineteenth century wiping out much of its grapes. It was later purchased by millionaire mine magnate Sir Lionel Phillips in 1917 and after his death was sold at auction to the Barlow Family in 1941 and, since 1987, has been owned by AngloAmerican – a multinational mining company headquartered in London and the world’s largest producer of platinum.

6 Responses to “South Africa’s oldest wine estates”

  1. Dear Lauren,
    We represent Vondeling Wines from the Voor Paardeberg, SA. They have been growing grapes since 1704. In 2002, Vondeling was bought by the present owners.
    All information is available on our website above. If you need any further info, do please email me.
    yours
    Simon

  2. Peter Gent says:

    Please don’t leave out the new areas in South Africa
    The Plettenberg bay region has been making wine since 2004 with award winning wines coming from this coastal area

  3. Ken Forrester Vineyards was first granted by Simon Van Der Stel, the first Governor of the Cape in 1689. The first vines were planted in 1692 and grapes have been cultivated here ever since. In 1993 Ken and Teresa Forrester bought the property and rescued the derelict homestead built in 1694 and have recently celebrated 20 years of wine making here in the Helderberg on the ocean side of Stellenbosch

  4. La Motte was founded in 1695.Vineswere planted by the French Huguenots when they arrived in Franschhoek 1688.Dr Rupert bought the farm in 1969 and replanted the vines.

  5. rijk melck says:

    Dear Lauren,great article. Thought i might add that Muratie Wine Estate rates up there . Granted in 1685 to a soldier Laurens Campher ,this Estate is welknown for its rich history ,heritage and great stories. Producing classic -styled wines ,this Estate huge in character has become one of the ‘under the radar” must visits .

  6. Hi Lauren,

    you wrote – “Today South African wines are absolutely represented on the world stage gaining international recognition”

    “gaining recognition” has long been surpassed – South African wine has already achieved a solid stage in the hard market overseas, especially in Europe. The recent Nederberg auction, again, showed a specific demand… although the knowledge of international wine buyers has always been impeccable when making their SA choices.

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