Monday, 11 December 2017 12:39

Julian's Final Newsletter of 2017

Greetings from a rather hot Voor Paardeberg

As I write with the air con drumming away, we are in the midst of a mini heatwave, 40 C today, but thankfully predicted to be back to 25 C on Saturday. Life here on Vondeling has been very busy in the last 4 weeks, with masses of orders going out every day, as restaurants and retailers stock up for the Christmas avalanche. If you try and book a table in any of the top restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands over the holidays now, they are virtually all booked out. I am reliably informed the same goes for Durban and Plettenburg Bay as well. I am pleased to report that you should find Vondeling wines in most of these establishments.

Also we had a terrific evening on 20th November when Bridget, my wife, held a fund raising dinner for the Drakensburg Boys Choir School. It was an absolute sell out and while guests sat down to a 3 course dinner accompanied by delicious Vondeling wines, the boys sang absolutely beautifully. Along with the Vienna Boys Choir School and the Westminster Cathedral Boys School Choir they are regarded as the best in the world! In their 50 year history the “Drakkies” have sung in the Vatican, the White house, Westminster Palace (for the Queen), Nelson Mandela and Vondeling!

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:17

Julian's October Newsletter


Greetings from Vondeling

October has been rather a challenging month. All the vineyards are going bonkers and exploding with life and the chardonnay is flowering already. Everything looking good at this stage although the Shiraz has got off to a bit of an uneven start. Poor old Felix, one of our Aberdeen Angus bulls, twisted his knee ligaments “on the job”and the vet said he would have to be “off games” for the rest of the season, so that rather sealed his fate. He had a good life. Our other bull, Jack, was of course delighted to see Felix go and now has all 50 cows to himself. We have harvested the oat hay and about to cut the wheat which looks great. See picture below.

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Monday, 02 October 2017 11:55

Julian's September Newsletter

Hello Again from Vondeling

As I write to you, it is the most beautiful spring day and everything is budding and blooming like crazy. It is a balmy 26C, but winter is officially over and the rainfall has been miserable. We have had another busy month. September is traditionally a hectic time for sales and marketing. Here in South Africa Hotels and restaurants are gearing up for summer and tourist season. And in Europe, summer holidays are over, schools are starting and everyone is going back to work….most importantly wine buyers!

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:42

Julian's August Newsletter

Greetings from a chilly Paardeberg.

We have had a busy month here on Vondeling. We have planted 4 hectares of Merlot and 1 hectare of Semillon. Exported wines to Mauritius, Germany, China, UK and France and there have been 4 weddings. Our Aberdeen Angus cows have been calving like mad and as I write 48 out of our 51 cows have given birth with no hitches. 3 to go. Our 2 bulls, Felix and Jack are getting quite frustrated and keep breaking out of their paddocks and trying to get to their girls! To cap it all, Matthew Copeland our Senior Winemaker celebrated ten years at Vondeling.            

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It is always a seriously major decision when deciding what grape variety to plant. One has to consider what the particular soil/site is best suited for, as well as being able to turn it into a top wine which we can sell for the next 25 years.      

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Menu

Canapés
Onion tart with smoked feta
Lamb Kofta sausage rolls
Kimchi popcorn
Smoked trout éclairs

Starters
Fresh focaccia, olive butter, smoked olives

Cured Ox tongue, celeriac puree, pickled celeriac, salsa verde,
home cured mustard
Baby beetroot and amazi salad
Boere salad, beef biltong, crisp kale, fresh oranges,
parmesan, mustard dressing

Main course
Soy and ginger glazed Yellowtail, fresh fennel
Chalmar steak, monkey gland, blushed tomato, grilled courgettes,
olive tapenade, confit garlic
Crispy potatoes, sour cream, green onion
Broccoli almondine

Dessert
Strawberry Pavlova
Fresh strawberries, strawberry jelly, meringues, Chantilly cream

R320 per person
R100 per child under 12
RSVP on or before 23 November 2016

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Monday, 19 September 2016 07:47

Vondeling La Dolce Vita Event

La Dolce Vita Wine | Pizza

Sunday 23 October 2016
Vondeling Wine Farm, Voor Paardeberg
R250 per peron (includes welcome drink & 3 course meal)
12H00 to 16H00
Bring family & friends and enjoy the good life
Reservations: t: 021-8698339 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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