The Basson family roots penetrate deep into the history of Darling. Being of a big family, grandfather Vernon Basson settled on a farm in Philadelphia, a town close to Darling. Our father, Nico, was an avid animal lover and returned to Darling in 1970 when he bought the farm to start a highly acclaimed dairy stud.

With great perseverance, foresight and hard work, he set about planting vineyards on his farm, long before the area became the permier wine producing area that it is today.

Today the future generation of Bassons are playing in the vineyard, learning the craft from a young age.

Theodore Eksteen
was born in 1909, in Franschhoek as a Huguenot descendant. He farmed in the heart of the winelands of Paarl and was an original garagiste – making port, until his death in 1988. This dedicated farmer was the grandfather and patriarch to his descendants who own Ormonde Cellars in Darling. He will forever be remembered for his lust for life, his love of nature and angling. The Basson and Eksteen families celebrated his 100th birthday in August 2009 with the Theodore Eksteen 2007 vintage. Click here for more on our current vintage

William Vernon Basson was born on 28 November 1909 on the historic farm Oudepost in the Darling district. He farmed in the Philadelphia district, and was recognised as one of the finest agriculturists and horsemen in the area. He was also a great rugby enthusiast; he died on 23 December 1961. The Vernon Basson wine is dedicated to our founding principal and grandfather who lived by the creed, "Mediocrity is never an option".
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