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The Bernard Series

The Bernard Series is our tribute to the determination and maverick spirit of Bellingham’s 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.

Bernard was never quite satisfied to be just ordinary, and is famous for his daring vision, sheer audacity and unabated ambition to push the boundaries of possibilities for Cape wines. The legend of Bernard’s tenacity and innovative flair lives on through The Bernard Series.

This internationally awarded boutique series is thoroughly contemporary, elaborately intricate and wholly unprecedented, made up of wines that are compellingly individualistic, sometimes irreverent, but always fascinating

  • Bush Vine Pinotage

    Vintage: 2017
    Variety: 100% Pinotage
    Alc: 14%
    Wine of Origin: Coastal Region (Stellenbosch)

    This Pinotage is a sensual rendition of South Africa’s signature indigenous variety. Hand-harvested from low yielding, unirrigated bush vines, with black cherry, mulberry and raspberry fruit, an earthy minerality and beautiful oak integration.

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  • Basket Press Syrah

    Vintage: 2017
    Variety: 100% Syrah
    Alc: 14%
    Wine of Origin: Coastal Region - Stellenbosch (Bottelary Hills) and Paarl

    Made from fruit grown in low-yielding Stellenbosch and Paarl vineyards. Grapes are crushed in a small-batch basket press to preserve the natural dark berry fruit tinged with subtle fynbos and black and white pepper spice.

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  • Small Barrell SMV

    Vintage: 2017
    Variety: Shiraz 62%; Mouvedre 36%; Viognier 2%
    Alc: 14%
    Wine of Origin: Coastal Region / Paarl

    An intricate blend led by Shiraz, with Mourvèdre and Viognier. Originating from selected Coastal Paarl Region vineyards, this wine features alluring black and red fruit on the nose and palate, layered with dark chocolate, winter spice, rose and violet.

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The Founders Series

  • The Quintessential Couple Rosé

    Vintage: 2018
    Variety: Pinotage
    Alc: 12.5%
    Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch

    This alluring rosé takes its inspiration from Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk, founders of Bellingham and a formidable pair in every sense. Theirs was a romance for the ages, so it only fits that a wine made in their honour should come from some of the most beautiful old vineyards in the Cape, with an equally intriguing story to tell.

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  • Pod

    This ultra-premium red blend is made from Shiraz and Pinotage grapes sourced from superior low-yielding vineyard sites. It has layered dark fruit, black cherries and plums that flow beautifully from nose to palate, with subtle but grippy tannins.

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The Homestead Series

The Bernard Series is our tribute to the determination and maverick spirit of Bellingham’s 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.

Bernard was never quite satisfied to be just ordinary, and is famous for his daring vision, sheer audacity and unabated ambition to push the boundaries of possibilities for Cape wines. The legend of Bernard’s tenacity and innovative flair lives on through The Bernard Series.

This internationally awarded boutique series is thoroughly contemporary, elaborately intricate and wholly unprecedented, made up of wines that are compellingly individualistic, sometimes irreverent, but always fascinating

  • Homestead Pinotage Light

    Vintage: 2018
    Variety: Pinotage
    Alc: 8%
    Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch

    Our winemaker, Richard Duckitt, is very serious about wine, so it came as a surprise when he announced that he was developing a light wine until we learned his inspiration: ” even though we always have plenty of fine wine at home, my wife used to go out every week and buy light wine in an effort to be healthy. What annoyed me was that she had
    to sacrifice so much of what makes wine worth drinking. So, I became determined to make really extraordinary Bellingham light wines that I can enjoy too.”

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  • Homestead Red Blend

    Vintage: 2017
    Variety: Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon
    Alc: 14%
    Wine of Origin: Western Cape

    The grapes for this wine are grown from high-quality vineyard sites around Stellenbosch and Elgin and planted on deep granite and shale soils that impart a distinct varietal character in the wine.

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  • Pinotage

    Vintage: 2018
    Variety: 100% Pinotage
    Alc: 14%
    Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch

    The grapes for this characterful Pinotage originate from Coastal Stellenbosch Region bush vines which yield small berries with high concentration and flavour. Ripe red fruit, sweet spices and soft tannins are hallmarks of this wine.

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  • Homestead Shiraz

    Vintage: 2019
    Variety: 100% Shiraz
    Alc: 14%
    Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch

    Made from meticulously managed Stellenbosch grapes that produce rich and ripe dark fruit flavours. This Shiraz has a deep ruby colour with plums, blackberry and pepper spice persisting from entry to finish.

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