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not only in the amazing efforts of its winemaker and viticulturist, Philip Jonker, but also in the way its staff lives and breathes the estate.
Found in the Bonnievale valley (which forms part of the famous Langeberg region and Robertson Wine Valley), the estate was established in 1912 by Klaas Jonker and, much like its name, which means “well-satisfied” or “to be content” in Afrikaans, you’ll not leave here feeling anything else.
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– used to be particularly well-known for) and, of course, award-winning chardonnays, Weltevrede has a very special candlelit, 100-year-old underground cellar (home to some 9 000 bottles there till 2019! It makes for a timeless, intimate and unhurried wine tasting experience, as you are removed from life’s distractions and allowed to focus on the amazing storytelling and great wine or bubbly.
We were amused by some of the backstories and names, such as Weltevrede Poet’s Prayer Chardonnay or Place of Rocks Chardonnay 2016, which holds a gold medal from the prestigious 2017 Chardonnay du Monde in Burgundy, France.
The Raen Fort Ross Seaview bottling is more about the California style although the alcohol is a sensible 13.0 percent and it remains the most ethereal.