Vilafonté

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STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

Vilafonté is a special project in Paarl. It is the first collaborative project between an American and a South African company in the world of wine. And it is not only unique in that respect. It is also special because it is a collaboration between partners who are fully committed to top quality, with specialists from both countries who are fully focused on making `` quality wines. '' Vilafonté started as a project that initially focused on the American market, but which is now also successful in other important export markets.

Vilafonté's pursuit of quality concerns the entire production process, from the bottom to the bottle, and with a luxurious and grand appearance as the first focus. The name, Vilafonté, is taken from the main soil type of the estate, which covers 40 hectares and which, due to its character, is the source of the wines of the winery. Due to the composition of the team involved in Vilafonté, there is a unique mix of knowledge, skills, international vision, and at the same time international recognition. The aim of the Vilafonté project is no less than to become South Africa's first true luxury wine brand.

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Vilafonté wineyards

PARTNERS

The following partners are involved in the project: Zelma Long is head of the Vilafonté project winemakers team. Zelma is one of the best known winemakers in the United States, with a great international reputation. Michael Ratcliffe is the General Manager of Vilafonté. Mike is Managing Director of his family estate, Warwick, which is considered one of South Africa's premier wine estates. Phil Feese is responsible for the strategic direction of vineyard management and everything related to the development of the vineyards. Phil is in charge of vineyard management and is the one who designed the Vilafonté vineyard, the vineyard he calls “Different by Design”.
Also at the base is partner Bartholomew Broadbent (yes, the son of), who is responsible for the distribution of Vilafonté in the U.S. Bartholomew owns one of the most prestigious small importers in the United States. Decanter Magazine recently placed him on the list of the 50 most influential people in the wine world. Vilafonté owns a total of 12 hectares, planted in 1998 and 1999. The winery measures a total of 42 hectares. Vilafonté is completely planted like a classic Bordeaux vineyard, with carefully selected clones of Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Malbec and Merlot. The most modern techniques in satellite cartography were used in the planting, mapping the wine list with infrared photos and multi-spectrum images, to see which grape to plant where and to determine where more or more less irrigation is necessary. In this way, the best results are obtained from the planting through optimal care of the vineyard. The wines are a perfect reflection of this: South African with great class.

Vilafonté's pursuit of quality concerns the entire production process, from the bottom to the bottle, and with a luxurious and grand appearance as the first focus. The name, Vilafonté, is taken from the main soil type of the estate, which covers 40 hectares and which, due to its character, is the source of the wines of the winery. Due to the composition of the team involved in Vilafonté, there is a unique mix of knowledge, skills, international vision, and at the same time international recognition. The aim of the Vilafonté project is no less than to become South Africa's first true luxury wine brand.

VILAFONTÉ WINES