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The large estate is situated on the Helderberg in the South African wine district of Stellenbosch (Coastal Region). It was founded in 1700 by Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel, son of the famous winegrowing pioneer Simon van der Stel (1639-1712). The name means "far away", meaning the long distance to Cape Town, which at that time had to be covered by ox carts. When the English Queen Elizabeth II (*1926) visited South Africa for the first time in 1995 after 48 years, Vergelegen was the only winery she visited. The total estate comprises around 3,000 hectares. There is fruit growing, dairy farming, as well as viticulture on about 105 hectares of vineyards. Two restaurants are connected.

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