"the white gabled house of Vergelegen"

Vergelegen, in Somerset West
Creative Commons AttributionVergelegen, in Somerset West - Credit: Raymond Ellis
Vergelegen, which means "remotely situated" in Dutch, is an historic wine estate near Somerset West in the Western Cape. The estate was settled in 1700 by an early Governor of the Cape, Willem Adriaan van der Stel.  Van der Stel used the resources of his employer, the Dutch East India Company, to improve the estate.  In 1706 a number of free burghers at the Cape drew up a formal memorandum complaining about van der Stel's activities. As a result, van der Stel and other officials were sacked, and three-quarters of the original Vergelegen estate was sold off.