different by design​

Vilafonté is the culmination of a life-long dream that is honoured and facilitated by the terroir of this corner of South Africa. The vision that brought together the three founding partners —Mike Ratcliffe, Dr. Phil Freese and Zelma Long— under the philosophy of creating wines of elegant complexity, structure and longevity which stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the great wines of the world.


the ancient soils of South Africa

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec confirmed its affinity to the ancient soils of the Paarl Mountains that has been dated as being somewhere between 750,000 and 1.5mil years old, and under the maritime influence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Planted at high density, these vines adhere to the exquisite struggle; encouraging smaller vines, lower yields and highly concentrated fruit.


— 33° 47' 38'' S 18° 56' 09'' E —

Vilafonté is the coming together of great wine experience of its co-founders in California and South Africa and which culminates in the ancient vilafontes soils on our estate defines our winegrowing philosophy. These healthy but nutrient deficient soils cradle the vines into producing wines driven by character, purity and refinement with a perfect tension ubiquitous to each vintage produced.