Weltevrede: Our Background

Just outside Bonnievale, in the picturesque Robertson Valley at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountains, lies Weltevrede a wine estate whose proud heritage stretches back over many years. Since 1912, the mastery of winemaking has been passed on here from generation to generation.

Today this legacy is reflected in a specialised range of wines enjoyed by connoisseurs at home and abroad. Wine has been an integral part of the Jonker family tradition for four generations. It began when Klaas Jonker purchased 290 hectares of scrubland and planted the first vineyards in the area. He was followed by Japie Jonker who in 1933 began wine farming on his portion of Weltevrede (meaning "well satisfied"). 
Today, this tradition is being carried on by the current owner, Lourens Jonker, who since his days as an Air Force pilot, has always set his sights high.


Over the years, Weltevrede has often taken the lead and has numerous industry firsts and awards to its credit, including:
  • In 1975, the first Breede River Valley estate to bottle its own wine, Weltevrede Colombard.
  • In 1976, Weltevrede bottled South Africas first certified Red Muscadel.
  • In 1977, Weltevrede produced the first Muscat de Hambourg
  • Muscat de Hambourg was the first dessert wine offered at the Nederburg Wine Auction.
  • In 1979, Weltevrede produced the Bonnievale Districts first certified Wine of Origin.
  • In 1979, Weltevrede produced one of the first South African white wines matured in small French oak casks, Privé du Bois.
  • In 1983, Weltevrede bottled the Breede River Valleys first Gewurztraminer.
  • In 1986, Weltevrede produced South Africas first Therona wine.

Over the years, our wines have won many awards, with the whole Jonker family involved in producing these popular top quality wines. But the estate offers more than just wines: our restaurant offers delicious meals and is often a venue for art exhibitions, while our guesthouse is a welcome retreat to visitors.

Weltevrede Wine Estate