Be Bold – Be Bright – With Bertha
Bertha Wines at Weltevreden 1692
During the last three hundred years of existence of Weltevreden 1692, the Estate was occupied by the Badenhorst, Retief, Smith, Peel and Bezuidenhout families. The Estate has legendary status and features prominently in the history of South Africa. It is a National Heritage Monument and represents the height of the new-classical Cape Dutch architecture.
The bespoke range of wines were named after Bertha. The Bezuidenhout family pays homage to their mother, a woman with an unbeatable resilience, creative spirit and an uncanny resourcefulness.
Much like Bertha’s impressive adaptability across a landscape of varying situations, the Bezuidenhout family have dedicated their winemaking pursuit in crafting easy-drinking, accessible wines that are fresh and food-friendly, reflecting the spirit of the Cape and limited in volume.
Taking advantage of the south facing slopes, cooled by the Atlantic breeze coming from Table Bay, the winemaker harvests the grapes by hand in the morning, getting them into the cellar as cool as possible, retaining the fruit profile better throughout the winemaking process.
The focused portfolio offers four options, chosen for their renowned popularity and food-pairing appeal: a Sauvignon Blanc, a Semillon, a Rosé and a Shiraz.
Who was Bertha
It is her resilience, creative spirit and her unmatched resourcefulness that inspired the start of Bertha Wines.
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The Bezuidenhout Family
André Bezuidenhout, the second son of Bertha, remembers his mother always saying, “Jy is ‘n Kaapse-Kind” (a child of the Cape).
Bertha, originally from the Cape Province, always dreamt to move back to the Cape when she was alive. This never happened as she passed on in 2010.
André and his family, in 2012, purchased the then dilapidated Weltevreden Estate, which has since meticulously been restored to its former glory.
With a passion for art, Andre couldn’t resist turning the vineyards and gardens of the estate into a somewhat outdoor art gallery, and with his passion for racing he couldn’t help but notice the wagon wheels crafted into the gables of the house “Piet Retief was the first “petrol-head” with wagon wheels on his house gables!” says Andre.