Experience the sheer beauty and tranquility of nature at Vergelegen Wine Estate, a historic estate nestled in Somerset West, South Africa. With its sprawling 3000-hectare expanse, Vergelegen is renowned as one of the country's most prominent wineries, boasting over 200 local and international awards since 1999.
Upon entering this remarkable estate, visitors are greeted with a small entrance fee of R10 per person, granting access to a world of wonder. Immerse yourself in the meticulously maintained gardens, adorned with a diverse array of plants, flowers, and captivating landscapes. With 17 distinct gardens to explore, including the enchanting Rose Garden, Bamboo Garden, Octagonal Garden, Camellia Garden of Excellence, Wetlands Garden, Fynbos Garden, and Maple Garden, each step reveals a new and captivating experience. Discover the beauty that awaits you at Vergelegen Gardens.
For a delightful interlude, indulge in a delectable dining experience at either the Stables Restaurant or Cafe Fleur. The Stables Restaurant offers a bistro-style setting with a beautiful garden ambiance and breathtaking mountain views. Families will appreciate the spacious surroundings, allowing children to explore the garden while parents savor their breakfast or lunch. Meanwhile, Cafe Fleur provides a sophisticated dining experience with French-style cuisine and an exquisite menu.
Vergelegen's commitment to environmental conservation is of paramount importance to the region and South Africa as a whole. Since 1989, extensive efforts have been made to re-establish the vineyards, resulting in a masterfully designed, multi-levelled, sunken hilltop winery. This architectural marvel, opened by Baron Eric de Rothschild, owner of Château Lafite in Bordeaux, embodies the principles of gentle handling, visual control, and natural gravity flow. The estate's vineyards, situated on ancient agricultural soils, benefit from a mild growing climate influenced by the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Altitude ranges from 140m to 310m above sea level, with vineyard slopes facing north to northwest and south to southeast.
Vergelegen's vineyard holdings encompass classic international grape varieties, including Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Shiraz. With a total of 149 hectares dedicated to vineyard plantings, the remaining land is meticulously preserved for environmental conservation. Vergelegen's commitment to conservation is exemplified by its status as the largest private environmental project in South Africa, situated in one of the world's richest floral regions.
At Vergelegen Wine Estate, immerse yourself in the harmonious blend of natural beauty, award-winning wines, and a commitment to environmental stewardship. Discover the allure of Vergelegen and experience a wine farm like no other.