Things To Do in VredendalWilgenhof Wines
Where? Vredendal, Olifants River Valley, Western Cape
When? By Appointment Only
How? Call +27 (0)27 213-2518
How much? Price on request
Etched into history along the fertile banks of the Olifants River, two and a half hours north of Cape Town, you will find an estate, Wilgenhof Estate, an exclusive wine farm dating back nearly three-hundred years. Wilgenhof Estate has a long and fascinating history and originated from the first farms in the Olifants River Valley and has remained in the Van Zyl family since 1732.
The first wines were crafted in what was originally an old horse stable as it was being restored. The wines were matured in vats made from American and French Oak and left uninterrupted atop the original feeding troughs of the stable. That first harvest was a resounding success and before long, through word of mouth, the entire 6000 bottles of Merlot and Shiraz had been spoken for.
Their selection is comprised of the reds; Merlot, Shiraz and Ruby Cabernet – a blend born whilst entertaining friends - and the whites of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Colombard.
Winemakers Gideon and Vere Van Zyl hold to the belief that only a minimum of chemicals be included in the production of exclusive wines. As a result of which they are working tirelessly towards as organically certified Shiraz in the near future.