American-South African Vilafonté Opens New Winery Facility

U.S. Ambassador Eric M. Bost Conducts Honors



The South African luxury wine producer Vilafonté opened its new winery facility in Stellenbosch this week, with honors conducted by the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Eric M. Bost. A joint venture between California winemaker Zelma Long, viticulturist Phil Freese and South African general manager Mike Ratcliffe, Vilafonté represents one of the first American-South African wine partnership. Vilafonté previously shared cellar space with Tokara winery, also in Stellenbosch, then moved to an interim facility called Bosman's Crossing in Stellenbosch town. The new facility contains other wineries' crush facilities, a grappa distillery and a modern apartment block, in addition to the Vilafonté cellar. An Italian bistro and coffee shop is due to open this month and a five-star hotel is in the planning.

Ambassador Bost expressed his enthusiasm for the venture, saying it paved the way for not only good relations between the two wine producing countries but had created opportunities for both winemakers and winery workers to work in and learn from each other's industries.

Vilafonte has produced wine since 2003, with red Bordeaux vineyards planted in nearby Paarl.

The new Vilafonté cellar premises are open daily, except Christmas and Easter, for tastings and sales. For more information, go to www.vilafonte.com.

More Online Exclusive articles:

Edit Module
Edit Module

Related Articles

20 American Wines for Summer

Discover how delicious the American Dream tastes with these 20 craft wines that play well at the picnic table.

Racy Spring Rieslings in Time for Memorial Day

Our tasting team reviews stunning bottles from Austria, New York and Washington.

The Exciting Diversity of Loire's Wines

Delicious, refreshing and offering many values, it’s time for the Loire to get the star billing it deserves.

Napa's Innovative New Guard Winemakers

These power players are changing America’s most famous wine region.
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit Module

Subscribe

You can unsubscribe at any time. View an example of our newsletter.

Edit Module
Edit Module

Shop

Edit Module
>
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit Module

Related Web Articles