Malan - What's in a name?

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


From good stock, fine wines are born

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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