Rust en Vrede Wine Estate, nestled in the heart of the Stellenbosch region in South Africa, is a name synonymous with excellence in winemaking.
With a rich history dating back to 1694, this iconic winery has consistently produced some of the country’s finest wines.
The official date on the Title Deed of Rust en Vrede Wine Estate is March 12th, 1694. The property was granted by the Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel and the Cape Dutch buildings on the property date back to 1780. Today, these historic buildings all have National Monument status.
These building are used on a daily basis by Proprietor, Jean Engelbrecht who to this day still lives in the Manor house where he grew up, and the original winery is now the Rust en Vrede Restaurant.
Jean Engelbrecht parents, Jannie and Ellen Engelbrecht, acquired Rust en Vrede in 1977 and immediately embarked on a full restoration of the Estate. First, they restored and equipped the original winery, and in 1978 Jean’s father made the first vintage of the modern era. An extensive vineyard re-planting initiative took place, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Over the years, these wines have gone from strength to strength.
The terroir of Rust en Vrede Wine Estate is a true expression of the remarkable Stellenbosch region, with its vineyards strategically situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, where the combination of well-drained, granite-based soils and a temperate maritime climate create the perfect conditions for grape cultivation.
These unique factors bestow Rust en Vrede’s wines with their distinctive character, showcasing rich, concentrated flavours and elegant tannins.
The influence of the cooling breezes from False Bay contributes to the slow ripening of the grapes, allowing for the development of complex aromas and flavours. This terroir, with its harmonious balance of natural elements, plays a pivotal role in Rust en Vrede’s ability to consistently produce world-class wines that capture the essence of the South African winemaking tradition.
Range of Wines
The Estate Vineyard Syrah is a typical expression of Stellenbosch, and owner Jean Engelbrecht’s favourite variety. Chosen in 2016 as one of Wine Spectator’s top 100 wines in the world.
The Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is their longest standing tradition at Rust en Vrede.
The variety that Stellenbosch is most well-known for, Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon offers a concentrated and classic rendition of the variety.
The Estate blend is the emblematic wine of Rust en Vrede. The blend is made up of the proportions of varieties planted on Rust en Vrede, making it the most honest reflection of our terroir. Selected four times by Wine Spectator as one of the top 100 wines in the World.
Rust en Vrede Single Vineyards Syrah
The Single Vineyard Syrah was conceptualised by Jean Engelbrecht as his generational contribution to the family legacy. A pure expression of only the best Syrah that Rust en Vrede has to offer.
Single Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
The Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was a natural addition to the range following the success of the Single Vineyard Syrah. A pure expression of only the best Cabernet Sauvignon that Rust en Vrede has to offer.
Rust en Vrede 1694 Classification
Named to commemorate the date that Rust en Vrede was established, this is a slightly unusual blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, with an emphasis on the opulence of Rust en Vrede Syrah. An exemplary combination of our two focus varieties.
The tasting room and restaurant at Rust en Vrede Wine Estate offer visitors a luxurious and immersive experience in the heart of South African wine country.
The tasting room provides a welcoming and elegant space where guests can sample a selection of the estate’s premium wines while taking in the stunning vineyard views. Wine enthusiasts can indulge in guided tastings led by knowledgeable staff who share insights into the winemaking process and the history of the estate.
For those seeking a culinary journey to complement their wine experience, Rust en Vrede’s acclaimed restaurant is a culinary gem.
The on-site restaurant, known for its world-class cuisine, offers a carefully curated menu that pairs perfectly with the estate’s exceptional wines. Whether savouring a gourmet meal or simply enjoying a wine tasting, the Rust en Vrede Wine Estate’s tasting room and restaurant are a testament to the estate’s commitment to delivering an unforgettable and immersive wine experience in the heart of Stellenbosch.
Rust en Vrede Wine Estate stands as a true jewel in the crown of South African winemaking.
With its rich history, exceptional terroir, and unwavering commitment to crafting world-class wines, this estate offers a captivating blend of tradition and innovation. Whether you are a wine connoisseur seeking the finest expressions of Stellenbosch’s terroir or a casual enthusiast looking to explore the beauty of the vineyards, Rust en Vrede has something to offer every visitor.
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