Vilafonté – an American-South African Partnership
The Vilafonté winery is the very first American-South African experiment in the wine industry. The American Zelma Long, one of America's best-known winemakers, and the South African Mike Ratcliffe, who owns the successful Warwick winery, wanted to create something very special at the foot of Simonsberg Mountain. On the 42 hectares - 16 hectares are under vines - the best wines are created with influences from both wine cultures. Vilafonté's winemakers concentrate on the cultivation of four noble grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec.
Vilafonté with the Highest Quality
The name of the Vilafonté winery is derived from the type of soil on which the vineyards are located. This special clay and gravel soil is called ‘vilafontes’ and is one of the oldest soil types in the world. The well developed soil provides the best conditions for growing small and intensive fruits. These are, rounded off by the gentle processing of the winemaker, the reason for the outstanding quality of the Vilafonté wines.
Vilafonté Wine at the Highest Level
Vilafonté’s portfolio is small but fine. With only two wines, the Vilafonté Series C and the Vilafonté Series M, the winemakers concentrated on genuine premium wines from South Africa that do not need to shy away from international competition. The Vilafonté Series C is a blend made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This red wine convinces with its strong flavour and rich fruit aromas. The Vilafonté Series M from the Malbec and Merlot grape varieties, on the other hand, is a blend that convinces the connoisseur with its sensuality and elegance.
Since quite recently, the Vilafonté Seriously Old Dirt completes the portfolio as the third wine being offered. The successful blend made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec impresses with its pleasant texture and complex bouquet.