Paarl, South Africa
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Established in 2001, Vondeling (Dutch for the Founding), may be a new comer on the Cape wine scene but its proactive, progressive take on sustainability and environmental issues regarding its farming techniques and care for the native flora, has it miles ahead of many older, more established wine farms. Based out of the Voor Paardeberg ward of Paarl, Vondeling has made a strong commitment to the conservation of the endangered native fauna that makes up the Cape Floral Kingdom (CFK). The CFK, with its 9,000+ species of plants, more than the whole of North America, is the smallest in geographical size, making it smallest plant kingdom on the planet. Outside of being a member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI), the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA), as well as the founding member of the Paardeberg Sustainability Initiative (PSI), Vondeling is making some impressive wines. Producing around 90,000 cases from its 40 hectares of vineyards, the ratio of red to white grapes is 50/50, with a strong slant toward Mediterranean, warm climate varietals for its red wines.
The property is owned by Englishman Julian Johnson and longtime friends Anthony Ward and Richard Gower. In 1990 the political climate in South Africa was changing and Julian made the decision to purchase a farm in the Wellington area. With a decade of making wines at the Wellington property, he sold up and went in on Vondeling with his friends.