Vilafonté Series C 2017 is released.
Vilafonté Series C 2017 is released.
Image: Supplied/Vilafonté

In what has become a much-anticipated annual ritual for wine-lovers around the world, the new vintage Vilafonté Series C 2017 vintage is being released.

Vilafonté is the first high-end winemaking joint venture between SA and the US initially started in the mid-1990s. South African vintner Michael S Ratcliffe partnered with California heavyweights Zelma Long and Dr Phil Freese who made their names at legendary wineries like Mondavi, Simi and Opus One. 

The unique and ancient Vilafontes soil type had been identified in SA and this partnership set out to prove the hypothesis that growing the classic Bordeaux varieties in the oldest soils in the world had true potential for greatness. Vilafonté is a specialist red winery producing only Bordeaux blends from this unique terroir first planted in 1995. The Vilafonté team has shown uncompromising determination to produce wines, which stand shoulder-to-shoulder alongside the great wines of the world. The winery has received a constant stream of positive reviews and international awards.

Vilafonté wine-grower Edward Pietersen.
Vilafonté wine-grower Edward Pietersen.
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Amid much fanfare, Vilafonté Series C 2016 recently won the Bordeaux Blend Trophy at the Six Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney, Australia – an amazing victory, not just for Vilafonté, but for the South African wine industry.  

This is seen as a positive and proudly South African story in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup Final.  This award is recognition of SA’s ability to stand proudly with the greatest nations in the world. The award is also recognition for so many fine wine collectors that added this exciting wine to their cellars.

INTRODUCING VILAFONTÉ SERIES C 2017 

Much has been written about the distinction of the 2017 vintage in SA. Wine, in its simplest form, is the product of Mother Nature and her annual vagaries. Greatness resides in the alignment of wine-growing skill, deep experience, unique terroir, consistency and on occasion, a touch of good fortune. True gravitas, however, requires little introduction.  

The mystical Vilafonté vineyard.
The mystical Vilafonté vineyard.
Image: Supplied/Vilafonté

Vilafonté is defined by a Wine Club membership formed a decade ago and an active community of wine-loving aficionados. Limited allocations of the new Vilafonté Series C 2017 are available in high end purveyors of fine wine or via the Vilafonté Membership by emailing members@vilafonte.com.

Visit the Vilafonté website for more information.

This article was paid for by Vilafonté.

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