Rust En Vrede

THE ESTATE

The story of Rust en Vrede as we know it today begins when Jannie Engelbrecht bought the property in 1977, making the first Rust en Vrede wine of the modern era in that original cellar building in the vintage of 1978. Jannie quickly realised the potential of the terroir for Cabernet and Syrah and planted the whole property to red varieties. This made Rust en Vrede one of the first Estates in South Africa to focus purely on full bodied red wines. In 1988, he made the visionary decision to blend Syrah with the classic Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, to create our Estate blend. 
Over the years, the quality of the wines has grown from strength to strength under the guiding hands of winemakers Kevin Arnold, Louis Strydom, and Coenie Snyman who crafts our wines today.

THE STORY OF

OUR STORY

Rust en Vrede Estate lies south of Stellenbosch, approximately 15km from False Bay.  The property is nestled on the lower slopes of the Helderberg Mountain between 85m and 130m above sea level, with a view on Table Mountain to the West. Vineyards are situated on North facing slopes, with a small portion of North-East and North-West facing slopes that provide subtle nuances in aspect.  Shielded from the powerful South-Easterly wind by the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains, and protected from the South-Westerly wind off the Atlantic by the foothills of the Helderberg, Rust en Vrede is a warmer microcosm in the Helderberg area, which is why we specialize in reds, particularly Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. These varieties lend themselves to full bodied wines with powerful structure and excellent aging potential.

Soil

Tukulu soils - ancient, rich soils that are made up of decomposed granite and Table Mountain sandstone. Iron stone and weakly degraded granite increase the drainage in the rich soils.

Climate

The warm and dry Mediterranean climate with protection from prevailing wind provides ideal conditions for fully ripening our late-maturing varieties. Average annual rainfall of 620mm.

Grapes

Cabernet Sauvignon
Clones: 18H, 37C, 46C, CS163, CS169, CS338 & CS23A.
Syrah
Clones: SH1, SH21, SH9, SH99 & SH470
Merlot
Clones: MO192, MO348

Sunshine

With a large number sunshine hours during ripening and north facing slopes, the conditions are ideal for late-ripening varieties that require maximum sunlight to reach optimal ripeness.

Vineyard

Vines are vertically trellised, irrigation managed with care and all farm activities carried out in a sustainable and ecologically conscious way. Pruning and harvest are done by hand.

Winery

Fermentation in open top tanks with pump overs and manual punch-downs performed 4 times a day. 21-day maceration followed by malolactic conversion. Maturation in French oak.

RUST EN VREDE

Location

Halfway between the town of Stellenbosch and Somerset West, tucked into the folds of the Helderberg foothills, Rust en Vrede truly lives up to its name, “rest and peace”. Well protected from the elements and cooling influences of the nearby ocean, we have authentic Stellenbosch terroir producing authentic Stellenbosch wines.

THE ESTATE

Tasting & Lunch

Our tasting room is open seven days a week, where you can taste our full range of wines. Tastings are presented by knowledgeable staff. Informal tours of our underground cellar are available on request, and a winemaker’s lunch is available between 12-3pm.
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Restaurant

Since opening in 2007, the Rust en Vrede Restaurant has shaped the way we think about wine and food. Set in the historic cellar, our aim is to show guests how a dining experience can be heightened by the combination of outstanding wine with excellent food.
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Opening Hours:
Tasting Room & Winemaker’s Lunch
(no Reservations, first come first served)

Monday to Saturday
09h00 – 17h00

Sunday
10h00 – 16h00

Restaurant
(reservations essential)
Tuesday – Saturday
18h30 - close
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