“Becoming one of South Africa’s most desired wine brands producing consistent premium quality wines from one of the most comprehensive range of Rhone varietals available locally having a winemaking philosophy with a natural approach of minimal interference.”
Val de Vie Estate produces fine wines derived from traditional Rhone varietals. Inspired by the acclaimed vintages of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the estate has fast become recognised for its exceptional wines. No less than 11 different Rhône varietals are grown at Val de Vie, setting apart the estate as a true celebration of French heritage and South African terroir.
Wine Tasting and Wine Sales
We invite you to visit the estate and discover our fine wines at the Polo Pavilion. Our Wine Sales and Wine Tasting is available at the Polo Club Restaurant, where you could enjoy a table-side tasting along with a delicious meal out on the terraces overlooking the polo fields or inside by the fireplace.
Wines can also be ordered directly from our website and delivered across South Africa. If you’d like to find out more about our wines, we’d love to hear from you.
Wine Bar Trading Hours
Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 16h00
Celebration of a French heritage with supreme wines
Surrounded by the magnificent mountains of the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, the Val de Vie Estate is a prime example of our Cape cultural legacy.
Val de Vie is surrounded by world heritage sites and dates back to the 18th century when the original land was granted to Huguenot descendant Abraham Andries le Roux back in 1783. This was a time when the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley produced the highest volume of wine in South Africa. Not strange, as the French Huguenots who settled there during the second half of the seventeenth century brought with them their skills and passion for winemaking. The climate – with cool southeasters whipping the vineyards, cooling them during hot summers, and the moody north-westerly gales that brought rain in winter – was akin to that of their fatherland.
In 2006 Val de Vie Estate broke new ground with the production and bottling of contemporary Rhône-style wines and soon experienced the delight of receiving a best in class gold medal for our 2007 Val de Vie Shiraz at the 2009 International Wine & Spirit Competition and recently another gold for the 1783 blend at the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Eleven of the twenty-two varietals that brought the Rhône Chateau Neuf-du-Pape area wines world-wide fame, have now also been planted on Val de Vie, turning the estate into a unique South African model of this southern region of France. All vineyard material was carefully selected within a 200 km radius from the estate and promises the most extensive range of Rhône-style wines from South Africa’s own soil.
The collection includes white wines from Clairette Blanche, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Ugni Blanc, while reds are made from Petite Syrah, Cinsaut, Carignan, Grenache Noir, Mourvédre and Shiraz.
These wines are the crowning glory for one of South Africa’s premier lifestyle estates and its stately architecture with French and classical influences, world-class vineyards, tranquil, tree-lined ambience and polo fields do justice to a rich heritage in the Valley of the Huguenots. No wonder it has become the estate of choice for those who appreciate country life at its best.