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About our Wine 

 

"It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend, one's present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine or any other reason." Latin Proverb

 

Background 

In 2006, the Entwistle Family purchased the 45 Ha farm in the historic Bovlei valley, ten minutes from the town of Wellington, and under an hour’s drive from Cape Town and re-established the winemaking tradition that started there back in 1699.

The Entwistles christened the farm Val du Charron as a tribute to the rich history and culture of the area.  Val du Charron means Valley of the Wagonmakers. This was the original name of the Wellington valley. The French influence stems from the Huguenots who settled in the area in the early 1700’s while the reference to wagon making refers to the fact that Wellington was the last town where the Afrikaner’s ox wagons could be serviced before heading over the majestic Bainskloof in to the then unknown hinterland. 

In 2012, Val du Charron itself became an Estate label i.e. all wines under the Val du Charron labels are bottled, produced and come from vines grown on the farm itself; thus giving a pure expression of the terroir to be found on Val du Charron’s southerly facing slopes. 

 

Our Philosophy 

Val du Charron is one of the most beautiful farms set against the hills in the Bovlei valley. Not only does the sheer beauty astound, but also the huge potential of our natural resources ... all the vineyards are on southern facing slopes, rich red soils and a whole bouquet of varietals, 16 to be exact, from Merlot to Touriga Nacional, from thirty year old Chenin blanc to Pinot Gris. Why so many different cultivars?

We strongly believe in blending! Of course we have the individual super stars that form our Reserve collection like a collection of arias but with all the different varietals combined we have a composition which is more complex, richer, finer, more finessed and more unique than any cultivar on its own. 

We frequently quote Fabrice Langlois, winemaker of Chateau Beaucastel and a very good friend: "A blend is much like a symphony orchestra where you have all the various sections... the crisp woodwinds, the solid brass instruments, the rhythmic percussion and the elegant strings … on their own they are instruments, but together under the hand of the conductor, a symphony."

 

Summary of Plantings 

Hectares under vine  21.3 
 Number of varietals 16 
Main plantings Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay
Cellar capacity  400 ton 
Red & White Varietal Split  60% red | 40% white 

  

Val du Charron Reserve Collection

Chardonnay
Pinot Gris
Shiraz (Syrah)
Carbernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Malbec

Theatre of Wine

Four White Legs 
Erasmus
Black Countess

Aphaea Range

Aphaea Red
Aphaea Rose
Aphaea White

  

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Our Accolades 

2011: Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Black Countess 2010 – Gold

2013: South African Premier Business Awards – Finalist – Exporter of the Year 

2013: Top 100 SA Wines – Chardonnay 2012 – Top 100 and Best Value Wine 

2013: Decanter World wine Awards – Chardonnay 2012 and Four White Legs 2012– Commended 

2013: Old Mutual Trophy Wine – Four White Legs 2012- Silver 

2013: Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Erasmus 2011 – Silver 

2013: Michelangelo International Wine Awards – Chardonnay 2012 – Gran d’Or 

2013: Veritas Awards – Black Countess 2011 – Bronze 

2014: Veritas Awards – Shiraz 2012 – Silver 

2014: IWSC – Black Countess 2011 – Bronze 

2015: Drinks international – The Theatre of Wine - Most Innovative Tourism Experience in the World 

2016: Cape White Blend Challenge- 91 points –Four White Legs 2015 

2016: HKIWSC – Black Countess 2013 - Gold – Syrah 2013 – Silver – Pinot Gris 2014 -Bronze 

2017: Veritas – Pinot Gris 2017 -Bronze

 

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Val du Charron

Nestling at the foot of the Groenberg mountain, the town of Wellington lies in the picturesque Bovlei valley on the banks of the Kromme River.

Flights between Cape Town and Windhoek, Upington, George, Kimberly, Skukuza, Nelspruit, Pretoria, Maun 

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Email: stay@vdcwines.com 

Tel: 021 873 1256 / 079 886 1775

Contact us

Email: sales@vdcwines.com

Tel: 021 873 1256 079 886 1775

Postal Address

PO Box 890, Wellington, 7654, South Africa 

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