The winery is north of the city Paarl
in the eponymous South African wine-growing district. It was bought in 1988 by the most famous opera-singer of South Africa, Deon van der Walt (1958-2005), who operated it together with his brother Marcel. The owner called the estate after the Dutch origin of his ancestors Veenwouden (fairy forest), which emigrated to the Cape in 1727. As a consultant was the well-known French oenologist Michel Rolland
and the butler Giorgio Dalla Cia from the winery Meerlust Estate
involved. Deon van der Walt died tragically at the end of 2005, he was shot dead by his father at the winery, who subsequently committed suicide. The vineyards cover 15 hectares of vineyards, planted with the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Malbec and Merlot. The premium wines include the Bordeaux "Classic" blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec), "Vivat Bacchus" (85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) and a Merlot. Every year around 70,000 bottles of wine are produced.