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Vilafonté is the coming together of great wine experience from California and South Africa. The vision that brought together the three founding Vilafonté partners, is the culmination of a life-long dream. A uncompromising determination to produce wines which stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the great wines of the world.

The ancient Vilafonte’s soils on the estate defines the Vilafonte winegrowing philosophy. Noted as one of the oldest documented soil types, a unique defining characteristic of this site is the presence of stone age cutting tools laying on the surface. The origin of these stone tools have been attributed to a branch of human evolution called Homo ergaster (meaning “the working man”) between 1.4 million and 1.9 million years ago. This is the first of the hominid species to make symmetrically shaped tools. Remarkably, as these tools were found on the surface of the soil, it confirms the fact that our region has never experienced glaciation, volcanic disturbances or more recent sedimentary deposits, which have left the top soils undisturbed for millenia.

  • Established: 1997
  • Proprietor: Mike Ratcliffe (formerly Warwick Estate), Zelma Long (formerly Mondavi, Simi etc); Phil Freese (formerly Opus One)
  • Winemaker: Zelma Long and Chris de Vries
  • Farming: Sustainable
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