Where it all began

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread – we came down to the Cape from Johannesburg in August 1943 after my husband Bernard had been boarded out of the Air Force, and that as far as I am concerned, was the beginning of a meaningful life.”

Excerpt from ‘Our Lives at Bellingham’ by Fredagh Podlashuk (1983)

Our Story

The Bellingham Wine  Philosophy


A firm hand & minimal intervention

At Bellingham we believe that grapes should be allowed to speak for themselves, which is why we follow a minimal intervention approach, respecting the fruit all the way through wine preparation. To this end we combine time-honoured methods with calculated technological expertise to arrive at premium wines that serve as a showcase for our vibrant terroir.

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Meet the Wine Maker



Bellingham Medals of Excellence

Never “just ordinary”: Bellingham The Bernard Series awarded “Medals of Excellence” by Tim Atkin, MW London – The annual, much anticipated, 2017 South Africa Special Report, which details the observations and impressions of SA wine by British Master of Wine (MW)...
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Review by Herald Live

The wine world’s young guns, mavericks and revolutionaries may dominate the chatter about the cutting-edge of South African wine, but at the same time, centuries-old brands are reinventing themselves.

Although its roots date back to the first vines planted there in 1693, Bellingham’s modern-day stature is credited to Bernard Podlashuk, who bought and set about restoring the farm and manor house in 1943 – and became one of the wine mavericks of his time.

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Niel Groenewald reckons that the 2017 vintage is one of the best he’s had so far during his 13 years as the Bellingham winemaker. “Everything worked in our favour,” he says. “I rate it higher than 2015, possibly even as good as 2009. Certainly the wines are a lot more accessible earlier than we’ve had for a long time.”

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Gilbert & Gaillard Magazine Reviews

An international magazine in English – Gilbert & Gaillard Magazine – with a print-run of 167,000 copies and distribution in 19 countries.
http://fr.gilbertgaillard.com/magazine.php. Gilbert & Gaillard is main activity to be French taste, all year round in Paris, we hold blind tastings for wines from around the world.

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Review – Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2015

Excerpt taken from www.gismondionwine.com Coastal Region, South Africa. The Bernard Series has always re-paid patience and ageing so as good as it is today it is only beginning its journey. Winemaker Niël Groenewald uses low-yielding bush vines averaging 45 years in...
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Shiraz Stars for 2017 announced

Excerpt taken from Michael Olivier – https://michaelolivier.co.za/archives/45028 A dozen remarkable Shiraz wines and three impressive Shiraz blends captured the limelight during the fifth annual Shiraz Challenge awards ceremony held on 31 May at the Rhebokskloof...
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