2017: An Exceptional Harvest – ‘n Besonderse Oesjaar

2017 harvest at Weltevrede the Jonker Family Wine Estate

Philip Jonker, Weltevrede owner and winemaker, writes about the 2017 harvest:

We initially suspected this would be a small harvest, since we expected smaller berries due to the dry season.
However, we’ve been able to have our cake and eat it, since the harvest turned out to be larger than last year’s and we got perfectly healthy grapes thanks to dry conditions.

2017 harvest at Weltevrede the Jonker Family Wine Estate

We’ll remember 2017 as the year when the grapes ripened especially easily and the resulting wines will be full-bodied. The reds have shown deep colour, with the Bedrock Black Syrah that showed pitch black colour during the fermentation already.

 

We also made a new Shiraz for our 1912 range, which will hopefully be ready for release late in

2018. This one of three new wines we made during the 2017 harvest season, but I can’t say too much about that yet!

 

Philip Jonker, eienaar en wynmaker van Weltevrede, skryf:

Ons het vooraf vermoed dat dit ‘n klein oes sou wees weens kleiner korrelgroottes, ‘n verwagte uitkoms na die droë seisoen.

Ons brood is egter aan albei kante gebotter hierdie jaar deurdat die oes groter as verlede jaar is en ons daarmee saam perfek gesonde druiwe gehad het danksy die droë kondisies.

Ons sal 2017 onthou as die jaar waarin die druiwe besonder maklik ryp geword het en die wyne gaan gevolglik vol styl wyne wees. Rooiwyne het diep kleur gewys, met veral die Bedrock Black Syrah wat al reeds tydens gisting pikswart kleur gehad het.

Ons het ook ‘n nuwe Shiraz vir die 1912-reeks gemaak wat hopelik later in 2018 gereed sal wees vir vrystelling. Dit is een van drie nuwe wyne wat tydens die 2017 parsseisoen gemaak is, maar ek mag nog nie die kat uit die sak uit laat nie. Meer hieroor later.

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Stay in our self-catering cottages

Need a stopover on your your Summer holiday journey or looking for a weekend getaway destination? Our self-catering cottages could be just what you need. Read more ›

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Swing by for a unique experience

If you’re planning a visit to our valley, be sure not to miss the guided tour of our underground tunnels, a unique experience in timelessness.

It includes a wine tasting by candlelight in the cisterns that were built generations ago with stones brought up from the Breede River by donkey cart.

We’re a convenient detour off the N2 and Route 62, if you’re not in a hurry while travelling along these popular holiday routes. And if you’d like to make a weekend of it, consider staying in one of our self-catering cottages. Also have a look at all the great activities in Bonnievale and the Robertson Valley.

Booking for the underground tasting is essential, as it is a personal, guided experience. Just give us a call on +27 23 616 2141 to book.

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Oupa se Wingerd on auction

This year Weltevrede had the privilege to take part in the Nederburg Auction on the 16th and 17th of September. We auctioned off four cases of our 1986 Oupa se Wingerd, divided up into three available lots.

We are very happy to say that the first lot, containing 12 bottles, sold for a staggering R8400. The other two lots, each containing 6 bottles, sold separately for R4500 each.

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Wine on the River

We certainly couldn’t have asked for better weather for the recent Wine on the River festival!

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The meaning of heritage

With more than a century of family wine-making behind us, we are honored to celebrate Weltevrede’s rich heritage during Heritage Month. This legacy was a major part of the inspiration behind our WELTEVREDE 1912 wines.

These wines are made as a tribute to honour our people, their hard work and values, their dreams, passions and preferences. In that spirit, the names of all the people who work on the Weltevrede Estate were included on the label. Read more ›

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Countryside weddings

Spring! It’s the season of new beginnings, love and happiness, and gorgeous Spring weddings. At Weltevrede we love to play a part in making your special day the best day of your life.

What better way to do this than to have your wedding at our picturesque countryside venue? The backdrop of breath-taking vineyards and distant mountains is simply stunning. You feel the relaxed atmosphere the moment you step out of the car on our farm. The beautiful Breede River right in our backyard helps create an atmosphere of serenity and simplicity. It makes it really hard to stress too much, even on such an auspicious occasion!

We offer options to suit not only your style and the size of your guest list, but also the feel of your wedding. You can opt for a banquet-style, barrel lit, cellar wedding with up to 200 guests. Or have a bistro-style outdoors “under the vines” wedding in our courtyard that is suitable for smaller wedding parties.

We can also assist with all the planning to take even more of the potential stress out of the event! We can supervise the decoration of the wedding venue and recommend services such as hair stylists, make-up artists, flower arrangers, décor specialists, photographers, accommodation, etc.

Trust us, between the warm hospitality and the natural beauty of the Breede River Valley, you’ll wish your wedding day never ends.

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‘Spring is in the air’ competition

Spring is in the air competition! We and we are in the mood to celebrate life. So, this month we’re giving away a case of our most enthusiastic MCC.

We’re asking fans on our Facebook and Twitter to tell us about or post a picture of the first sign of spring that inspires them. Anything goes, from the first blossoms or sprouting leaves on a tree, to a warm breeze or the first time you choose shorts over jeans to relax in.

The winner of the competition will win a case of our Entheos Méthode Cap Classique.

This delicate wine is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with the grapes riper to show richness and attractive fruit at an earlier stage. The wine matures on lees for up to three years. It boasts a lively mousse, creamy biscuit on the palate and long aftertaste.

A vibrant Cap Classique to celebrate every day, Entheos is named for the Greek word that means ‘the God within’. For us this wine embodies enthusiasm, inspiration, ardour, fervor, fire and passion. For us this wine embodies enthusiasm, inspiration, ardour, fervor, fire and passion. You can read the competition terms and conditions here.

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Wacky Wine 2016 in pictures

Wacky Wine Weekend was so much fun!

Thanks to everyone who spent some time with us.

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