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Meerlust History & Location
Long recognised for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, the 8th generation custodian of this 17th Century National Monument.
Situated 15 kilometres south of Stellenbosch, with the blue crescent of False Bay a mere 5 kilometres away, Meerlust boasts a historic Manor House, classic wine cellar, rose garden, family cemetery, dovecote and bird sanctuary. Wines are only made from grapes grown on the Estate which is uniquely positioned for the production of wines with exceptional complexity and character.
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.
Contemporary Meerlust is an exciting fusion of the refreshingly modern and the tirelessly classical.
Meerlust Operating Hours
Wine Tasting: open Mon to Fri 9am-5pm & Sat 10am-2pm.
Closed on Sundays and all public holidays. All times, prices and facilities listed are subject to change. We recommend checking latest details directly with the farm and pre-booking experiences wherever possible, to avoid disappointment.
Meerlust Wine Tasting
Meerlust is renowned for its variety of fine red wines (and one Chardonnay), which includes the flagship Rubicon red blend.
Rubicon was the brainchild of Nico Myburgh, father of the current custodian of Meerlust, Hannes Myburgh. Whilst holidaying in Bordeaux, he discovered that the terroir was similar to that of the Eerste River Valley, however unlike the Western Cape’s specified cultivars, Bordeaux thrived on producing blends. Nico returned to Meerlust, filled with inspiration and the desire to create a blend of his own that would match those of the French. In 1980, after several years of experimentation he announced the birth of the new blend: Rubicon. With proportions of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, a new style of wine had been created in South Africa and the rest is history.
Upon visiting the Estate, make sure you visit our indoor wine shop, where you can enjoy a relaxed tasting of our full range of wines and view our photographic timeline of both the history of Meerlust and the history of the Cape.
Wine Tasting Prices
Tastings are R30pp, which usually include the complete Meerlust range of wines (usually 5). This fee is refunded upon wine purchases.
Please note there is no restaurant on site, however Stellenbosch is approximately 20 minutes away by car.
Meerlust Tours & Activities
Currently Meerlust do not offer scheduled cellar or farm tours however if you have a specific request, please contact them.
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