Our Story

Bellingham was established in 1693, when visionary couple Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk transformed a neglected Franschhoek farm into a winery that would pioneer many firsts in the South African wine industry. Today the modern brand continues to build on this grand legacy.

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Our Philosophy

At Bellingham we believe that great wines are made in the vineyard. That is why we source only the finest grapes and nurture them from vine to bottle. In the cellar, minimal intervention and maximum attention to detail yield distinctive, food-loving wines.

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Meet Our Winemakers

Our distinguished cellar team consists of head winemaker Richard Duckitt and winemaker Ricardo Cloete, who have honed their expertise and experience with winemaking stints locally and abroad. Both are passionate vintners and enthusiastic home cooks too!

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Explore Bellingham estate's

Exquisite Wines

The Bernard Series

The Bernard Series is our tribute to the determination and maverick spirit of Bellingham’s co-founder Bernard Podlashuk. Celebrated as a trail-blazing visionary, Bernard’s tenacity and courage established the winery’s stellar reputation and helped shape the South African wine industry we know and love today. The legend of Bernard’s tenacity and innovative flair lives on through The Bernard Series range of hand-crafted wines, each with a stamp of unmistakable site-specificity and individuality.

The Homestead Series

The Homestead Series takes its name from the historical homestead at Bellingham in the magnificent Franschhoek Valley – a legendary landmark in local wine history. Once home to the colourful Podlashuk couple, this was where a number of remarkable, highly-successful vinous concepts were hatched, but also where the social aspect of fine wine was celebrated. This range was thus created with everyday enjoyment in mind, and consist of site-specific, premium quality wines that are expressive and accessible.

The Founders Series

The Founders Series is an exclusive, ultra-premium wine range honouring Bellingham’s pioneering founders, Fredagh and Bernard Podlashuk, affectionately known as Freda and Pod. This power couple’s bold vision not only for their iconic brand, but the South African wine industry as a whole, left a legacy for the ages. A rare greatness and inspiration, something that these special wines aim to emulate.

Latest news from

Bellingham Wines

The Cream Always Rises to the Top

We all know how special the Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc is and I am ecstatic to share that the Decanter World Wine Awards agrees! With a score of 97 Points and a Platinum Medal this places The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin as the highest rated Chenin Blanc in the entire competition and […]

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Richard’s Cape Bream with Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc

After a demanding harvest season, Bellingham winemaker Richard Duckitt always looks forward to the quiet and seclusion of his favourite fishing spot, and of course, cooking his own catch! For Richard the beauty of this dish is in its simplicity. “Bream is a very tasty fish and one must not overdo it with the ingredients,” […]

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