Mariaan started at Vondeling in 2012 and has been an indispensable part of the development of the tasting room. “This place is in my blood,” she says with a smile. Her duties began at the tasting counter and is now the driving force behind the multitude of functions, weddings and lunch concepts, such as offering visitors the chance to experience a traditional South African braai, complete of course with braai broodjies and malva pudding. In a nutshell, if you have an interesting idea - she’s the one to talk to. She has been married to her husband, Malcolm, for over two decades. The pair have two children, Edwin and Christine. When not pouring wines or brainstorming functions, you’ll find Mariaan and her family travelling somewhere beautiful.

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Tell us about your career path in die wine industry.  

A:                       My first job in the wine industry was in 1993 at Twee Jonge Gezellen, Tulbagh. Although it was an admin position, “I caught the bug”. Back then we all had to take turns to work in the tasting room over weekends and I loved it! I have worked in the wine and agriculture industry since then – now “living the dream” by being tasting room & events manager with the added responsibility of marketing and organising functions and weddings, which adds a different dimension and really makes my life interesting.
   

Q: 

 What are you passionate about in life?

A: Family first and to travel. “I’ve not been everywhere, but it’s on my list” 
   

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Do you have a favourite Vondeling wine? 

A:    Tough one!  But yes, Vondeling Cabernet Sauvignon. I love the intense flavours of dark red fruit and the way it lingers on the palate. I can literally have a bottle all by myself (and NOT feel it the next day) 
   

Q:

 Where would you like to retire?

A:   Paleochora, Crete (in my dream world) Stilbaai (in my real world)
   

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 What can bridal couples expect from you when booking their wedding at Vondeling Wines?

A:                 Honesty, professionalism, friendliness and lots of laughs along the way. I give it my all. I know how daunting it is to plan a wedding and I want the couple to feel at ease and not sweat the small stuff. I am always available and will go the extra mile to help make the journey to their most special day as stress-free as possible. Most of the Vondeling couples become like family!

 

Tim Atkin Report 2018

Vondeling has reaffirmed its position as a consistent producer of outstanding and distinctive still wines with no less than four wines achieving a 90+ rating in Tim Atkin’s 2018 SA Special Report.

• Vondeling Babiana 2017 - 93 Points
• Vondeling Philosophie 2015 - 93 Points
• Vondeling Chardonnay 2017 - 91 Points
• Vondeling Monsonia 2015 - 90 Points

 Tim Atkin is an award-winning British wine-writer and Master of Wine. The 2018 SA Special Report is the sixth edition of his publication. Tim says that his collection, he believes, would compare with the best of any other wine-producing country.

Order your selection of Vondeling wines here

Join the Piccolo Mondo restaurant at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton on Friday 28 September for an epicurean wine dinner presented by Vondeling Wines’ senior winemaker, Matthew Copeland.

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The team from Food Fanatics and The Homestead in Plumstead will be collaborating with Vondeling Wines to celebrate Heritage Day in true South African style with a Harvest Pop Up Lunch on Monday 24 September. 

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Want to win the ultimate braai day gift this Heritage Day? Then join the Vondeling Wine Club between 8 and 23 September and stand a chance to win a South African Heritage and Braai Day Gift with complements from Vondeling Wines, valued at R1,000!

Vondeling Braai Day Competition

This summer make every meal an occasion, every table more elegant and every day more civilized with a “delectable duo” from Vondeling Wines in the Voor-Paardeberg. This duo consists of a unique sparkling wine, the Vondeling Rurale Blanc de Noir 2015, and the very sexy Vondeling Rosé 2018.

Vondeling’s Rurale Blanc de Noir 2015 is made from whole-bunch pressed, organic (uncertified) pinotage grapes. The name Rurale is the original name for what was later recognized by the French A.O.C as Mèthode Ancestrale.

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Hi there, Vondelingers
We are very pleased to have completed installation of our new solar panels. The solar power is enough to supply all but our highest electrical needs, which take place during hot days at peak harvest. Outside of these times, i.e. during winter and over weekends, we will be completely green. Winter weddings will run 100% on green energy as there is still more than enough sun to cover our winter requirements.  The solar system will reduce our carbon footprint substantially. We have a mobile app which enables us to monitor our current usage, shows how much kW the system is generating, how much CO2 emissions we are NOT pumping into the atmosphere and the amount of crude oil we save. I think it’s pretty cool! Read all about our conservation efforts here

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 Vondeling's new solar panels.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 07:00

Book Your Year-end Function at Vondeling

We’re counting down the weeks to 2019 as we approach that time of year when we need to put aside the meetings and deadlines to show our employees how much we appreciate them.

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The world-wide focus on plastic pollution of the oceans has brought the importance of conservation and sustainability on land into focus again, especially in the field of agriculture. As part of Vondeling Wines’ continuous efforts to reduce its carbon footprint through conservation and sustainable farming, this Voor-Paardeberg wine estate near Paarl has recently converted from conventional electricity supply to solar power in an effort to minimise the estate’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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