Vondeling, meaning ‘foundling’, lies on the slopes of the unspoilt and undiscovered Paardeberg mountain, approximately a 45-minute drive from Cape Town. It was granted to Swedish immigrant Oloff Bergh in 1704, and a three-centuries-old winemaking tradition began.
Today, an environmentally sensitive approach to farming and minimal intervention during the winemaking process ensures wine with a distinct fingerprint of origin. Vondeling’s flagship wines, Vondeling Babiana and Vondeling Monsonia are named after rare species of fynbos that are endemic to the Paardeberg mountain, the home of Vondeling Wines.
The first vintage of Vondeling wines made from their own grapes was in 2005. Now approximately 100 hectares of vineyard are planted, mostly to Mediterranean varietals. The older vineyards, which include Sauvignon blanc, were planted in 1983 and Chenin Blanc in 1986.