The winery is located north of the town of Paarl
in the South African wine district of the same name. It was bought in 1988 by South Africa's most famous opera tenor Deon van der Walt (1958-2005), who ran it together with his brother Marcel. The owner named the estate after the Dutch place of origin of his ancestors Veenwouden (Fairy Forest), who emigrated to the Cape in 1727. The well-known French oenologist Michel Rolland
and the cellar master Giorgio Dalla Cia from the Meerlust Estate
were engaged as advisors. Deon van der Walt tragically died at the end of 2005. He was shot by his father at the estate, who then committed suicide. The vineyards cover 15 hectares of vineyards, planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Malbec and Merlot. Premium wines include the Bordeaux blend "Classic" (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec), "Vivat Bacchus" (85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) and a Merlot. About 70,000 bottles of wine are produced annually.