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Vergelegen

The large property is located on Helderberg in the South African wine-growing district Stellenbosch (Coastal Region). It was founded in 1700 by the governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel, son of the famous wine pioneer Simon van der Stel (1639-1712). The name means "far away", which meant the long distance to Cape Town to be covered by oxcarts at that time. As the English Queen Elizabeth II (* 1926) in 1995 again for the first time in 48 years South Africa was the only winery she visited. The entire property covers around 3,000 hectares. There is fruit growing, dairy farming and viticulture on around 105 hectares of vineyards. Two restaurants are connected.

After several changes of ownership, the farm was bought in 1987 by "Anglo American Farms Limited", who built an octagonal wine cellar on a hill. This basement has four production levels, three of which are underground. The top one is used for the delivery of the grapes, followed by those for the fermentation of red wine, the pressing, the tanks and bottling plants and in the last and coolest level the wooden barrels are stored. This gradient makes work easier and protects the wines. The responsible cellar master is André van Rensburg. There will be varieties Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc. Chardonnay. Merlot. Pinot Noir. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon cultured. The flagship of the house is "Vergelegen" (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot), which is 22 months in new French barriques is expanded. It is one of the best South African red wines in the Bordeaux style, Around half a million bottles of wine are produced every year.

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