Bellingham was established in 1693, when visionary couple Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk transformed a neglected Franschhoek farm into a winery that would pioneer many firsts in the South African wine industry. Today the modern brand continues to build on this grand legacy. Bernard Series Wines - 'The Jewel In The Bellingham Crown'. The Bernard Series represents the pinnacle of winemaking achievement at Bellingham. Celebrated as a trail-blazing visionary, Bernard (the founder of Bellingham) with his tenacity and courage established the winery’s stellar reputation and helped shape the South African wine industry we know and love today.