Vergelegen Wine Estate

You must visit this magical wine estate if you are in the Cape, or staying in Stellenbosch!

Vergelegen was started in 1700 by Willem Adriaan van der Stel on the slopes of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, a three-day ride from Cape Town, hence ‘Vergelegen’. And he established a major estate – half a million vines in six years, as well as cattle, sheep, fruit and vegetables on an industrial scale. The estate was established with slave labour and I believe one of the buildings on the right of the drawing below was the Slave House. The estate passed through several families and is now owned by Anglo American who re-introduced vines in 1987 and as early as 1992 produced the first award-winning wines in over a century. Van der Stel was correct in his choice of location!

Vergelegen, 1712 (http://sha.org/wp-content/uploads/files/sha/files_2014/22503.pdf)

Look at the lions on the mountainside! I think this is the east façade of the house…

Vergelegen, 1711 (http-:sha.org:wp-content:uploads:files:sha:files_2014:22503.pdf)

Our visit started in pouring rain but we set off with umbrellas provided by the estate and sheltered under some of the many trees when necessary.

The West Facade of the homestead at Vergelegen

The west facade of the homestead at Vergelegen

Gaura in the garden at Vergelegen

Agapanthus in the garden at Vergelegen

Bouganvillea in the garden at Vergelegen

Bouganvillea in the garden at Vergelegen

Looking towards the mountains from the garden at Vergelegen

Interior photography is not permitted so this view was taken from the internet. The east façade of the homestead looks over lawns, past majestic camphor trees which were planted c.1705 by Willem van der Stel and are now protected.

Interior at Vergelegen (http://traveller24.news24.com/Explore/WeekendEscapes/Exploring-3-of-SAs-oldest-wine-farms-20150816)

The east facade of Vergelegen

The camphor trees on the east side of Vergelegen

The lawns on the east side of Vergelegen

The rose garden on the side of the house was in full bloom.

The rose garden at Vergelegen

Roses at Vergelegen

Roses at Vergelegen

The Reflecting Pool is an oasis alongside the house and Camphors Restaurant.

The reflecting pool, Vergelegen, and Camphors Restaurant

The reflecting pool, Vergelegen Water lilies in the reflecting pool, Vergelegen

The old oak, probably planted by Willem Adriaan van der Stel

The old wine cellar was built in 1816 but converted to a library by Sir Lionel and Lady Phillips between 1917-41.

The Library at Vergelegen

The Stables Restaurant and the field of agapanthus.

The Stables Restaurant & the Agapanthus Field at Vergelegen

The Herb Garden was immaculate, as was the vegetable garden, and just look at those box hedges!

And finally we had to leave this most magical of places.

The Avenue at Vergelegen

You may be interested in
The History of Vergelegen
An Archaeological Report on Vergelegen
The Gardens of Vergelegen
Ethical problems?
The Head Gardener at Vergelegen

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