Geoffrey Dean’s Top 10 wineries
Geoffrey Dean’s Top 10 South African wineries to watch

Just east of Wellington can be found this former fruit farm, with views that are majestic even by western Cape standards. This is the tenth vintage for the boutique winery, whose Reserve Merlot 2015 is the pick of the reds, closely followed by the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Winemaker Paul Engelbrecht also produces an appealing mid-market Pinot Gris. Later afternoon breezes and the fact the farm sits 60m higher than Wellington helps keep temperatures down and pHs lower. Quebec is a big market for Val du Charron, including Celine Dion’s restaurants there.

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