About Our Wine
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 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.
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 southerly facing slopes, we have rich soils and a whole bouquet of 15 different varietals. Our single varietal reserve collection is a true expression of the fruit of our warm climate while the blends are a unique tributes to the complexity and finesse that a combination of cultivars bring –a true spirit of place.
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
Theatre of Wine
|Four White Legs
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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