The production of fine wines has been a lifelong pursuit and in the words of the late Professor Joel van Wyk “in the production of great wines, soil and microclimate need to meet to satisfy the ambition of the winemaker”. So simply put – you can’t make great wine if the climate and soils are not up to it. So a home for the making of great wines had to be found – Vergelegen!!

André joined Vergelegen in 1998 – and for him it was the perfect fit – two Pichon Trophies at the IWSC, one best white wine trophy also at IWSC, The Jan Smuts Trophy for the wine of the vintage in 1999 for the Vergelegen Sauvignon Reserve – first time in more than 50 years for a white wine to be wine of the vintage, four consecutive Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show awards for best overall performance, two best of Nation awards at the San Francisco International Wine Awards, numerous Platter 5 star awards, and many more.

The most important aspect really is Vergelegen’s consistency, year after year. The latest Tim Atkin SA Report 2020 shows the continued progress of wine making at Vergelegen, where Vergelegen achieved more 90+ ratings than any other winery, including three wines that scored 95 or higher.

But the real focus has always been to achieve bigger and wider recognition for the Estate. In 2013 André went to Pomerol to convince Michel Rolland, renowned French Bordeaux-based oenologist, to work with him. And so we started another journey in search of the Holy Grail of wine making. Michel Rolland did not change big things; it was rather the emphasis on tiny detail. Vergelegen’s real achievement and ultimate legacy is the eradication of Leafroll virus (type 3). This is truly one of the great achievements of the 21st century in the world of vines and wines. It pretty much completes our vision of a totally holistic approach to the making of wine.

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