Vergelegen Wine Estate is situated in an exclusive upmarket Area of Somerset West, about 50 km East of Cape Town. The Area was named after Lord Charles Somerset in 1819, and in 1825 was named Somerset West to differentiate from Somerset East, a small Town in the Eastern Cape.

Vergelegen was known as the Country Residence of: Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel, during the eighteenth Century. He named it ‘far away’, which is a direct translation of the name of the Estate from Dutch. This was due to the long distance from Cape Town to Somerset West. In 1987, Anglo-American Farms Limited (AmFarms) bought Vergelegen from Tom Barlow, who took over in 1966 from his father Charles ‘Punch’ Barlow. Their family had been in charge of the estate since 1941, a Year after the death of Lady Florence Phillips, whose husband Sir Lionel Phillips had owned Vergelegen between 1917 and 1941. Much of the reconstruction of the Estate took place during the time the Phillips Family owned it.

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