Our proximity to both mountain chains and maritime influence lends our piece of the world a unique and blessed terroir of diverse soil types and a temperate summer temperature. It’s strikingly similar to France’s Bordeaux region, and unsurprisingly, the area has become renowned for its red wine production.
The Van Veldens have been innovators from the very start, which gives us a few industry firsts to boast of:
We were one of the first Cape farms to use small, new French oak barrels for the maturation of red wines. We produced South Africa’s first Bordeaux blend, our beloved Tria Corda, in 1979. And in the early 80s we were the first South African estate to bottle a single-varietal Merlot (an unusual endeavour at the time). We like to think that these accomplishments weren’t just for our own satisfaction, but made a significant impact on the country’s wine industry.