Meerlust is an iconic wine estate. It has been in the Myburgh family for eight generations, and has a reputation for fine winemaking that stretches back decades. The estate’s flagship brand, Rubicon, a pioneering Bordeaux blend, is a legend in South Africa.
The farm was first settled in 1693 by a German who named the estate “Meerlust” which means “longing for the sea”. The manor house sits on a granite outcrop only 5 km from False Bay, with a view across the Cape Flats to Table Mountain. It is an exquisite example of early Cape Dutch architecture, a historical monument, meticulously preserved. Its baroque style gable and colonnade are particularly photogenic!
The sense of history, and the owner’s pride and care in looking after this special place permeates the tasting room, which is in the old cow byre. Along one wall are beautifully curated photographic time lines that trace the history of the farm from the stone age though to modern times. I was amused to read that some of these Myburgh owners were stubborn characters…in the late 1790s Phillipus Myburgh refused to supply the British who had captured the Cape from the Dutch, and as a result was placed under house arrest by them.
The current owner, Hannes Myburgh, is an art lover and has covered the walls of the tasting room with posters of art exhibitions, and from time to time Meerlust itself hosts exhibitions. The cement floor and thick walls means this space is cool in summer, but there is also a courtyard if you prefer to taste outside. In winter there is a wood fire burning, and art deco couches to snuggle up on.
Mon - Fri 09h00 - 17h00
Sat 10h00 - 14h00
Closed Sundays and public holidays
Meerlust Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa, -34.017016, 18.757145000000037