Nestled between the magnificent Simonsberg Mountains and Klapmuts Hill, Le Bonheur is the gateway to South Africa’s most renowned wine producing region – Stellenbosch. With a history dating back to the 1700’s – Le Bonheur Wine Estate epitomises the rich heritage of Stellenbosch. Historically “Le Bonheur” was a resting place for travellers and traders – offering lush green surroundings and natural spring waters. The original owners of this scenic farm, the French Huguenot De Villiers family, fittingly named it “Le Bonheur”, meaning “happiness”. Today the Estate retains its sense of place, timeless setting and rich heritage.
With altitudes of up to 450m, aspects and slopes all along Klapmuts Hill and four main soil types, Le Bonheur truly boasts a diverse selection of excellent wines. The estate has some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in Stellenbosch, which contributes to the depth and complexity of these wines. All grapes are hand harvested and traditional wine methods are applied, with a strong French influence. The winery is specifically renowned for its elegant, full bodied and classically styled wines.
Le Bonheur winemaker, William Wilkinson, has gained a reputation as one of South Africa’s most creative and awarded winemakers. With a forever inquisitive approach to viticulture, William individually vinifies different batches, which results in site-specific building blocks, to create the authentic and classic wines. William is a former South African bodyboarder and, like the estate, he still has an untamed, wild side.