The history of the estate 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 200 French Huguenots to arrive at the Cape in 1689 after a five-month journey on the ship, the Zion.
Le Bonheur, which means happiness, dates back to the 1790s. Hand sorting the grapes at Le Bonheur has remained our tradition. This is one of the reasons why Le Bonheurs 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 is situated along the slopes of the Klapmuts Hill in the northern reaches of the Simonsberg ward.
Le Bonheur is one estate that still prides themselves in hand sorting all their grapes and believes that it’s one of the reasons that their wines continually win global awards. It took years of hard labour to get a perfect soil structure to plant vines. There are four basic types of soil at Le Bonheur including decomposed granite, red loam, sand and sand over pot clay. They grow varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Sakkie Kotzé is the winemaker and ensures that once grapes are harvest and hand-picked, they’re placed into small baskets to prevent bruising and fermented to ensure top-quality wine.