Versailles, situated in the bountiful and picturesque Wellington valley, was first granted to French Huguenots in 1699.
The Malan family, owners of the farm for six generations, can likewise claim a proud and ancient Huguenot lineage. A venerable winemaking tradition established by these ancestors has resulted in a variety of excellent wines - from the superb Malan de Versailles collection, to our most recent addition - the easy-drinking Versailles range.
We warmly invite you to take a brief tour through this web-site, and discover more about our wines, our heritage, and our farm, as well as the role played by the Malan family in the history of our beautiful "Val du Charron".
The name "Malan", or "Malanot", stems from the French word for leper, and was probably intended as a slur against those religious renegades who had abandoned the Roman Catholic Church, and were ostracised for their new "heretic" creed. In time it would have been elevated to a name of honour amongst fellow Protestants.
"DEUS ARX MEA - GOD IS MY FORTRESS" This family crest is said to be that of Alexandre de Mérindol Malan, a resident of Geneva, Switzerland in 1780.
Many Huguenot families fled to Geneva to avoid persecution (Switzerland being the "spiritual home" of the Protestant move- ment) and, as it is generally accepted that the South African Malans originated from the south of France near the Papal town of Avignon, Alexandre de Mérindol Malan is probably a direct relative.
An official family seal bearing the words: "Sigil. Malan de Mérindol, 1250. Deus arx mea." is also said to have existed
Situated on the ancient floodplain of the Berg River, Versailles boasts a mixture of rich alluvial soil and mountain shale typical of Wellington's low-lying areas. The hot summer days and cool winter nights combine to create an ideal climate for quality wine production.
Although 1600 tons of grapes are harvested annually, only the choicest hand-picked berries from the best vineyard blocks are selected for our own-label wines. The grapes are pressed on the farm, and matured in the original cellar used by our forefathers to produce wine for the local and export markets..
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