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An Evening with Matthew Copeland, Vondeling Wines

May 15 @ 19:00 - 22:30

Join us for an extraordinary evening with host Matthew Copeland, Senior Winemaker for Vondeling Wines, South Africa. 

Matthew likes to keep it real. This is a winemaker who cuts out the superfluous. “I use every honest technique and practice to express the origins of the fruit in the most authentic way,” he says of his winemaking philosophy.

“No gimmicks, no sales pitches; just blood, sweat and tears.” Matthew’s focus is to consistently hone and improve his wines. He says that part of this is that there’s always ‘some kind of left-field experimental project going on in the cellar,’ but that ‘hardly any see the light of day.’

“I don’t do them for the sake of a gimmick, but rather as a trial run for a couple of years, and sometimes I’ll incorporate elements of my findings into my winemaking.”

The evening will begin at 7pm with Vondeling Merlot Rosé & Canapés followed by another delicious 4-courses with accompanying wines at 7.45pm.  Matthew will answer your questions regarding the vinyard and region, discuss Vondeling’s philosphy as well as pass on some of his extensive knowledge regarding these remarkable wines.  This is an evening not to be missed.  Early booking is advised.


Selection of Canapés

White Lake Goat’s Curd with Strawberry and Hazelnut

Prawn Tempura with Sweet Chili

Chicken Liver Parfait with Cumberland

Vondeling Merlot Rosé 2018


Lyme Bay Crab with Castle Orchard Apple and Beetroot

Signal Cannon Chenin Blanc 2017


Organic Stream Farm Chicken with Morel Cream and Leek

Vondeling Babiana 2017

Main Course

Spiced Dexter Beef Rump with Chargrilled

Root Vegetables and Red Wine Sauce

Vondeling Monsonia Shiraz 2016

18 Month Montgomery Cheddar – 3 ways

Rarebit / Beignet / Natural

Vondeling Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


Vondeling, meaning ‘foundling’, lies on the slopes of the unspoilt and undiscovered Paardeberg mountain, approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town. It was granted to Swedish immigrant Oloff Bergh in 1704, and a three-centuries-old winemaking tradition began. Today, an environmentally sensitive approach to farming and minimal intervention during the winemaking process ensure wine with a distinct fingerprint of origin. Vondeling’s flagship wines, Vondeling Babiana and Vondeling Monsonia, are named after rare species of fynbos that are endemic to the Paardeberg mountain.


Growing up in Paarl, Matthew’s interest in wine started at a young age. After high school he went to work in wine regions across the world, including Switzerland, France, California, Australia and New Zealand. Only when he returned home did he study at Elsenburg Agricultural College. “Most people do it the other way round”, he says with a laugh. He completed his diploma with a distinction in winemaking.

He worked at Welbedacht in Wellington, where he helped design and build the cellar and in 2007 he joined Julian at Vondeling.

Matthew appreciates how everything happens under one roof at Vondeling. “You grow your own grapes, make the wine, and bottle the wine.”

He lives on Vondeling, overlooking the vineyards, with his wife Yolandi and two sons, Joshua and Henry. The family enjoys going for runs and walks on the farm, and soaking up the quiet, unspoilt surroundings.


The Castle Hotel
Castle Green
Taunton, Somerset TA1 1NF United Kingdom


The Castle Hotel