History Behind The Family

The Malan Legacy

Rooted in heritage. Always innovating.

Simonsig Family Vineyards is an independent, family-owned farm synonymous with the history of the South African wine industry, the Stellenbosch wine region, and the Malan family name.

These elements are intertwined in this family-owned farm, where the late Frans Malan produced the first bottle of our much-loved Kaapse Vonkel, South Africaʼs first Cap Classique made in the classic bottle-fermented style. He is also honoured for co-founding the thriving Stellenbosch Wine Route, a first in its time. Today, his legacy lives on through his sons, Francois and Johan, and grandchildren Christelle and Michael, the 2nd and 3rd Malan generations at Simonsig Family Vineyards.

1942
-1964

When It All Began

Frans Malan purchases the land from his in-laws and expands the farm and a modern, cold-fermentation cellar is built, making it the first of its kind for a private cellar in South Africa.

1968
& 1970

Released To The World

The first wine under the Simonsig label is released – a Chenin Blanc (Steen) – along with a Riesling and Clairette blanche. Two years later, Simonsig’s first red wine, a Pinotage, makes its debut.

1971

Cap Classique Was Born

Frans Malan pioneers the first bottle-fermented sparkling wine (now known as Cap Classique) in South Africa, and the legendary Kaapse Vonkel is born. In the same year, he co-founds the Stellenbosch Wine Route, another first of its kind in South Africa, and opens Simonsig’s doors to the public.

1980’s
1990’s

The Second Generation Steps In

Frans Malan’s three sons, Johan, Francois and Pieter, join the family business. The wine portfolio continues to grow and is recognised for its prestige.

2021

50 Years of Kaapse Vonkel

50 years of Kaapse Vonkel and Cap Classique are celebrated with the introduction of the iconic Satin Nectar packaging.

2022
-2023

A New Era Begins

Third-generation Michael Malan, Johan’s son, takes the reins as cellar master. Simonsig’s first old vine wine, Langbult Steen, is released marking the farm’s 55th vintage. As part of the sustainability journey, Simonsig gains Fairtrade accreditation.

Simonsig Milestones

A sparkling history of the Malan Family

Philosophy

At Simonsig, the Malan family values drive our commitment to producing wines of internationally regarded excellence, expressing the unique and diverse terroir of the Stellenbosch region. We also believe that being a gift of nature made for the enjoyment of people, our wine offering should always be complemented by true Cape hospitality.

We leave a legacy, not a footprint

Simonsig’s commitment to sustainability is driven by our desire to leave a positive legacy within the South African wine industry. By implementing sustainable practices across our environmental, social and economic spheres, we create a better future for our planet, community and business. Simonsig aligns their practices to the aims and values of Fairtrade.

Executive Committee & Winemakers

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Simonsig’s Cap Classique Legacy