Vondeling


 

Originally granted to Swedish immigrant Oloff Bergh in 1704, current owners Julian Johnsen, Anthony Ward and Richard Gower bought the property in 2002 with the goal to continue the three-centuries-old winemaking tradition and put the Voor-Pardeberg on the map.

In 2007 Matthew Copeland joined Vondeling. After stints in New Zealand, France, California, Australia and Switzerland he began his wine studies at Elsenburg Agricultural College. Matthew then went on to work for Schalk Burger & Sons wine estate - Welbedacht. With all of this experience under his belt Matthew produces wines with minimal intervention that show off the wonderful fruit that this estate grows.

 

Always keen to experiment, Matthew will often trial exciting production methods. Most don't tend to make their way into a final product or the open market but recent trials have seen Matthew and his team create a new category of sparkling wine in South Africa, utilising a production method known as Mèthode Ancestrale. This innovation has resulted in the creation of Vondeling Rurale which requires painstaking effort and accuracy to ensure the single, continuous fermentation does not result in lacklustre fizz or even worse, exploding bottles! Click here to read more about this limited release.

The introduction of fellow winemaker Emile van der Merwe and organic viticulturist Magnus Joubert has seen the estate become organic. With their meticulous work and their drive to farm in and environmentally sensitive manor the wines being created will no doubt have a cult following soon. Their efforts now boast top scores from The Platter's guide to SA wines and listings in Michelin starred restaurants.

Julian Johnsen, Managing Director

Magnus Jouber, Viticulturist and Farm Manager

 

Emile Van Der Merve, Winemaker

 

 

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