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Meerlust

Meerlust Estate, Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Region: Stellenbosch, Western Cape 02 1843 3587 http://www.meerlust.co.za
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  • Year Established:
    1693
  • Winery Contact:
  • Winemaker:
    Chris Williams

About our winery:

Growing fine wines on the Meerlust Estate has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, beginning in 1756. Long recognized for producing world-class wines, the Meerlust Estate is singularly rich in charm and history. A tour of the estate, situated fifteen kilometers south of Stellenbosch, reveals its graceful manor house, classical wine cellar, family cemetery and dovecote. The first owner of the property, a German immigrant named Henning Huising, recognized the beauty and potential of the farm and settled here in 1693. He named his new-found home “Meerlust”, meaning “pleasure of the sea”, as the manor house sits on a granite outcrop only 5 km from False Bay, and in the warm summers months the vineyards are refreshed by ocean breezes and evening mists which roll in from the coast. Visitors to the Estate – a National Monument – have for centuries anticipated seeing the cool, white façade of the Manor House as they passed through the gates and along the palm and oak tree-lined drive. Not much has changed. Today, that sense of having arrived at a most treasured home and estate is enhanced by the knowledge – on seeing the sweep of vineyards that flank the drive – that here grow the grapes of the prized Meerlust wines. The Meerlust Rubicon is the estates flagship wine and Meerlust is committed to ensuring that Rubicon becomes even more distinguished and continues to occupy its rightful place amongst the finest wines in the world.


Three things to love about us:

Meerlust has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1756Meerlust is an estate and only makes wines grown on the estate's vineyardsThe Meerlust Rubicon, our flagship wine, was one of the first "Bordeaux" style wines produced in South Africa


What makes us unique:

The estate is blessed with very particular and suitable soils. The sub-soils are predominantly clay, from an ancient alluvial deposit, while the topsoil and intermingling layers are of progressive weathered granite gravel, originating from majestic granite mountains thrust up by volcanic activity some 160 million years ago.The secret of the suitability of the Meerlust soil lies in the varying composition of clay and granite. Where the soils are richest in clay, Merlot has been meticulously set down, so that the roots can penetrate deep into the soils, seeking the moisture held there by the sponge-like clay from the winter rainfall and made available to the vine throughout the ripening season. These soils are also spiked with black laterite deposits known locally as “koffie klip”, which further add to the distinction and quality of our wines.


Our awards:

In 2006 the Meerlust Rubicon received the coveted Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de la Lande trophy at the International Wine and Spirits Competition held annually in London for the “Best Blended Red Wine”.In 2006 the Meerlust Rubicon was voted number 27 on Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines for the year.In 2007, Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation owner, received the Roll of Honour in Verona, Italy. It is presented to personalities whose contribution to the wine industry internationally has been significant. In 2009 the Meerlust Rubicon was rated as “Best New World Red” in Decanter Magazine


  Days and hours open

Mon9:00 AM5:00 PM
Tue9:00 AM5:00 PM
Wed9:00 AM5:00 PM
Thu9:00 AM5:00 PM
Fri9:00 AM5:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM2:00 PM
SunClosed

  • Casual
  • Rustic
  • Tasting Room Only
  • Small & Quaint
  • Family Run
  • Good for Kids
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Blends
  • Bordeaux
  • Ability to Purchase Wine
  • Art/Historical Gallery
  • Wheelchair Friendly

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