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Bellingham Estate

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Known originally as ‘Bellinchamp’ (pretty fields), Bellingham began its history in 1693 when Dutch Gerrit Janz van Vuuren and his French Huguenot wife decided to plant the first vines in the beautiful Franschhoek valley. Generations of farming families tended to the earth and nurtured the vines, until in 1943, the estate was purchased by Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk, who set about restoring the Manor House, vineyards and gardens.

True pioneers at heart with little farming expertise, the Podlashuks enlisted 13 Italian prisoners of war to help them replant the vineyards. Fredagh and Bernard travelled to Germany and France to hone their winemaking skills, and in 1949 released their first rosé, in 1951 their first dry white blend the ‘Premier Grand Cru’, and in 1956 their first single varietal Shiraz.

The 80’s and 90’s brought with them cellar extensions, extensive vineyard developments and the start of Bellingham’s ‘classic-new world’ winemaking philosophy. In 2002, The Maverick wine range was launched which prides itself on winning many accolades and celebrating the fine art of winemaking.

Bellingham has a wealth of premium vineyard sites dotted across the Cape Winelands. Niël Groenewald has been its chief winemaker since 2004, and his passion, business acumen and innovative winemaking can be seen in his multi-award winning super-premium wine range under The Bernard Series banner. Together with viticulturist Stephan Joubert, they create exceptional terroir-reflective wines of fine quality and stature. His winemaking approach uses minimal intervention together with a natural winemaking methodology and technological expertise to produce premium wines, which are cost effective and proudly reflect their Cape terroir and varietal. Particular emphasis is put on the mouthfeel of the wines and preserving their natural fruit character. To enhance the complexity and structure of their wines, Bellingham uses subtle barrel maturation.

Bellingham’s Sauvignon Blanc grapes are sourced from vineyards in the coastal areas of Darling and Durbanville. These sites are specifically chosen for their cooling Atlantic sea breezes and well-drained soils with excellent clay content that produce the refreshing flavours of their Sauvignon Blanc.

Their Chardonnay vineyards can be found in Darling and Stellenbosch, with the latter being well-known for its rich Hutton soils and fresh coastal breezes from False Bay. These conditions contribute to the Chardonnay’s typical pure citrus core. Darling’s deep red soil types give the wines a round full mouthfeel.

The area of Paarl is perfect for Bellingham’s exceptional Shiraz, as the soils here are predominantly shale and ancient weathered granite, with incredible water holding capacity. To ensure a concentrated dark fruit flavor profile, only un-irrigated vineyards are chosen.

Their Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are sourced from vineyards in the Stellenbosch and Darling areas that are planted at high altitude in the Hutton soils of Stellenbosch and Darling’s deep red soils to ensure a concentrated flavor profile that has a soft tannin structure.

Merlot is grown high above sea level on Darling’s south-facing slopes where its deep red soils with excellent water retention capacity yield grapes with soft tannins. Before harvesting, the vines are green harvested to get rid of any unripe fruit and to ensure best phenolic ripeness.

To achieve intense and concentrated flavours and colour, Bellingham sources its Pinotage grape from un-irrigated, low yielding and on average 30-year old vines in the Stellenbosch and Paarl area.

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