The farm which later became Zonnebloem was established in Simondium near Paarl in 1692. The farm was divided in 1856 by Petrus Malherbe for his two sons, and Willem Malherbe named his portion Zonnebloem, meaning ‘sunflower’. Although the farm has since changed hands many times, the pursuit of champion craftmanship has endured to this day.
Today the grapes for Zonnebloem wines are sourced from the best of the enormous diversity of terroir offered by the vineyards of Stellenbosch, specifically vineyard blocks along the Jonkershoek Valley and Stellenbosch Kloof. Many of the growers have been supplying Zonnebloem for generations and their intimate knowledge of the land and the vines brings a distinct advantage to the crafting of enduring classic wines.
Grapes from each vineyard block are vinified separately to retain individual and terroir-specific character. Zonnebloem is renowned for its red wines made from grapes that thrive on the higher slopes of the valleys, where the vines are planted in deep red soils situated along a combination of warmer and cooler slopes.
The grapes for the white wines are sourced from the edge of Stellenbosch town, the Jonkershoek Valley and Kuilsriver, harvested from the deep soils of westerly and south-westerly-facing slopes cooled by afternoon breezes.