Val du Charron Wine & Leisure Estate: About our Wine

Nestling at the foot of the Groenberg mountain, the town of Wellington lies in the picturesque Bovlei valley on the banks of the Kromme River.

"It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend, one's present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine or any other reason." Latin Proverb

In 2006, the Entwistle Family purchased the 45 Ha farm in the historic Bovlei valley, ten minutes from the town of Wellington, and under an hour’s drive from Cape Town and re-established the winemaking tradition that started there back in 1699.

The Entwistles christened the farm Val du Charron as a tribute to the rich history and culture of the area.  Val du Charron means Valley of the Wagonmakers. This was the original name of the Wellington valley. The French influence stems from the Huguenots who settled in the area in the early 1700’s while the reference to wagon making refers to the fact that Wellington was the last town where the Afrikaner’s ox wagons could be serviced before heading over the majestic Bainskloof in to the then unknown hinterland.

In 2012, Val du Charron itself became an Estate label i.e. all wines under the Val du Charron labels are bottled, produced and come from vines grown on the farm itself; thus giving a pure expression of the terroir to be found on Val du Charron’s southerly facing slopes.

Our Philosophy
Val du Charron is one of the most beautiful farms set against the hills in the Bovlei valley. Not only does the sheer beauty astound, but also the huge potential of our natural resources ... all the vineyards are on southern facing slopes, rich red soils and a whole bouquet of varietals, 16 to be exact, from Merlot to Touriga Nacional, from thirty year old Chenin blanc to Pinot Gris. Why so many different cultivars?

We strongly believe in blending! Of course we have the individual super stars that form our Reserve collection like a collection of arias but with all the different varietals combined we have a composition which is more complex, richer, finer, more finessed and more unique than any cultivar on its own.

We frequently quote Fabrice Langlois, winemaker of Chateau Beaucastel and a very good friend: "A blend is much like a symphony orchestra where you have all the various sections... the crisp woodwinds, the solid brass instruments, the rhythmic percussion and the elegant strings … on their own they are instruments, but together under the hand of the conductor, a symphony."

Summary of Plantings
Hectares under vine:
Number of varietals: 16
Main plantings: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay
Cellar capacity: 400 ton
Red & White Varietal Split: 60% red | 40% white

Val du Charron Reserve Collection: Chardonnay | Pinot Gris | Shiraz (Syrah) | Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot | Malbec
Theatre of Wine: Four White Legs | Erasmus | Black Countess
Aphaea Range: Aphaea Red | Aphaea Rose | Aphaea White 

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Val du Charron Wine & Leisure Estate