The history of Le Bonheur dates back to the late 18th century when it was granted by Lord Charles Somerset to its first owner, Jacob Isak de Villiers. The De Villiers family was among the first of the 200 French Huguenot families to arrive at the Cape in 1688. The descendants of the original De Villiers family built the present H-shaped homestead in the early years of the 19th century. The farm was an important stopover for travellers in the Cape, offering fresh spring water and an outspan at a major junction of the roads between Cape Town and Paarl, Stellenbosch and Malmesbury.
Hand sorting the grapes at Le Bonheur has remained our tradition. This is one of the reasons why Le Bonheur wines are so acclaimed both locally and internationally, and why they consistently receive prestigious awards in top wine competitions across the globe.
This 163-hectare estate with the optimistic name of Le Bonheur ("Happiness") is situated along the slopes of the Klapmuts Hill in the northern reaches of the Simonsberg Mountain, in the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin district. Klapmuts is the old Dutch word for the 18th century cocked hat that folded away into the saddle back pocket and, indeed, when observed from a distance, the hill resembles such a hat.
Four years of painstaking labour went into perfecting the structure and composition of the soil before entrusting the vines to it. The improvement and restructuring of Le Bonheur’s soils have been modelled on those of the famed vineyards of France. Today, they contain all the minerals and other nutrients needed for growing the top-performing varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Of these varieties, the best clones were selected to suit the Estate’s climate and soils.
Le Bonheur Range
Medium-bodied, fresh and dry, this wine has characteristic lemon and clove flavours. These delightful flavours are balanced with vanilla tones which create the lingering, refreshing aftertaste of a fine, new-style Chardonnay.
This unwooded Sauvignon Blanc is fresh and displays characteristic flintiness and tropical fruit, with an enduring aftertaste.
Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
This Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc wine was made from 35 year old vines. This unique wine traces its roots to the very first Sauvignon Blanc vineyard planted in South Africa in 1928. A bouquet of tropical fruit, wild fig, green pepper and floral aromas, with a fresh and crisp lingering finish. It is an excellent food wine, very distinctive in marking the long association that Le Bonheur has with Sauvignon Blanc.
This deep-ruby red wine, with aromas of blackcurrant and mulberry, is full-bodied and well-rounded. The berry nuances are endorsed by silky vanilla aromas and well-structured tannins. A wine that has excellent ageing potential.
This powerful red wine has a preponderance of Merlot, underpinned by sturdy Cabernet Franc. It is a demonstrative, open wine, which immediately reveals its luscious fruitiness, spiked with concentrated spices and fresh berry notes. Already rich and full when released, Le Bonheur Prima promises great complexity.
Tricorne – Red Blend
This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz. Aromas of berries, vanilla and white pepper resulting in a rich velvety finish. This wine has excellent maturation potential.
Physical address: Klapmuts off the R44 between Paarl and Stellenbosch
GPS: S 33° 50’ 1.0” E 018° 52’ 21.4
Phone: +27 (0) 21 875 5478
Fax: +27 (0) 21 875 5624