Rust en Vrede
Rust en Vrede Wine Farm: Discover Rest and Peace in Stellenbosch
Experience the rich history and exquisite wines of Rust en Vrede Wine Farm, nestled in the scenic Stellenbosch region of South Africa. Established in 1694 by Governor Willem Adrian van der Stel, Rust en Vrede has a captivating story that spans centuries.
Originally part of a larger property, Rust en Vrede was divided in the early 1700s, with the original section retaining its name. The first house and cellar were built in 1780 and 1785 respectively, followed by the construction of a larger manor house in 1790.
In 1977, the Engelbrecht family, whose grape-growing heritage dates back to the early 1700s, took up residence on Rust en Vrede. This marked the beginning of the estate's flourishing wine-making journey. Jannie Engelbrecht crafted the first R&V wines in 1978, ushering in a new era for Rust en Vrede.
Over the years, Rust en Vrede has been guided by a select group of talented winemakers. Kevin Arnold and Louis Strydom served as the appointed winemakers during the first three decades, while Coenie Snyman joined the team in 2007 as part of a larger winemaking ensemble.
Today, Jean Engelbrecht leads the company and estate with unwavering passion, maintaining Rust en Vrede as one of South Africa's premier red wine estates. The wines produced here are renowned for their full-bodied and complex characteristics, reflecting the unique terroir of Stellenbosch. Jean Engelbrecht is also the co-founder of Engelbrecht Els Vineyards, alongside Ernie Els.
Spanning an impressive 55 hectares, Rust en Vrede boasts breathtaking landscapes. Situated on the lower slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, the estate offers stunning views of Table Mountain to the West. The vineyards, predominantly located on North-facing slopes, are managed with an environmentally conscious approach. The vines are vertically trellised, and the canopy is carefully tended to ensure optimal grape ripeness.
Rust en Vrede specializes in red wines, particularly Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The estate's warm location in the Helderberg area lends itself to the production of exceptional red wines. These full-bodied, new-oak matured wines showcase the supremacy of the Stellenbosch region in crafting truly remarkable reds.
The underground cellar at Rust en Vrede is a testament to architectural brilliance. Designed by renowned architect Mr. Gawie Fagan, it was the first of its kind for a privately owned South African winery. This temperature-controlled cellar plays a vital role in the production and maturation of Rust en Vrede's unique wines. With an annual production of 20,000 cases, half of which are exported to over 30 countries worldwide, Rust en Vrede has gained international acclaim.
The accolades bestowed upon Rust en Vrede are a testament to its excellence. President Nelson Mandela personally selected Rust en Vrede wines to be served at the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize dinner in Oslo. The estate has also been nominated as the first South African red wine in the Top 100 Wines of the World, a distinction it has achieved for four consecutive years.
Indulge in the ultimate wine-tasting experience at Rust en Vrede's inviting tasting room, open from Monday to Saturday, 9:00-17:00, and Sunday, 10:00-16:00. Immerse yourself in the perfect harmony of food, wine, and service.
For a truly exceptional dining experience, visit Rust en Vrede's casual yet world-class restaurant. Hailed as Eatout Magazine's Best Restaurant in South Africa, a San Pellegrino Top 100 Restaurant in the World, and the Great Wine Capitals of the World Best National Restaurant, this establishment is a culinary gem. The restaurant's building, dating back to 1782, holds significant historical value for the estate. Previously serving as the winery, tasting room, and barrel maturation cellar, it now offers a unique ambiance. The restaurant features a long room with an open kitchen, encouraging lively conversation among guests.
The cuisine at Rust en Vrede Restaurant is rooted in classical French techniques with modern influences, showcasing the finest local produce. The menu is thoughtfully paired with personally selected wines, ensuring a harmonious dining experience. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 19:00 until closing.
Rust en Vrede embodies a deep love for Stellenbosch, a profound appreciation for food and wine, a respect for the terroir, and an unwavering commitment to contributing to a successful South Africa. Plan your visit to Rust en Vrede Wine Farm and immerse yourself in a world of tranquility, history, and exceptional wines.