Just 10 minutes outside Wellington, in the Bovlei Valley, lies the picturesque and historic farm Val du Charron, which dates back to 1699.
It was in 2006 that the Entwistle Family purchased the 45 ha farm and re-established the winemaking tradition that began there in the 17th century. Val du Charron is a fitting name for the farm, meaning Valley of the Wagonmakers - the original name of the valley.
The estate makes a stable of quality wines - in 2012 it was recognised as an estate- whereby all wines under the Val du Charron labels are bottled, produced and come from vines grown on the farm itself.
It means the wines are thus highly expressive of the terroir found there, on the southerly facing slopes. There are just over 21 hectares of land planted over to vineyards with chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon being a large focus, although the farm produces wines from 16 different varietals - some single cultivar wines and others that are blends.
In all the wines you'll find a complexity and finesse that come from skilled and creative winemaking and attention to detail both in the cellar and in the vineyards.