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weltevrede wine estate
Meet the Winemaker
Philip Jonker learned some of his most important winemaking lessons from his father, Lourens. He spent most of his life living and working on Weltevrede. “I believe we are called to make a difference where we live and work in the lives of those around us,” he explains.
Philip first became truly serious about winemaking after attending a barrel tasting in Bordeaux during his student years. Since that barrel tasting, the best wines he has tasted were bottles of French Chardonnay. Hardly surprising, considering that Philip is considered a chardonnay specialist, receiving accolades from Chardonnay du Monde and Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, amongst others.
“Hearing the fermentation of Chardonnay in barrels is my favourite part of the winemaking process.”
About the Winery
Owned by the Jonker family for four generations, Weltevrede Wine Estate has been inspiring South Africans with wine of the purest quality since Klaas Jonker purchased the land in 1912.
The estate lays between a hill and the Breede River, offering the Jonker family a variety of soil, ranging from bedrock to sandy. Summer afternoons the river brings a south eastern breeze, which cools down the vines. Philip uses this terroir to the best of his abilities, creating wines that reflect Weltevrede’s unique soil.
Winemaker Philip aims to produce minimalistic wines that can still be enjoyed years from now. Perhaps one of the estate’s best known wines, Oupa se Wyn, is produced from their oldest vineyard – a patch of land where red Muscadel was planted in 1926.