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Long recognized 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, eighth generation custodian of this seventeenth-century national monument.
Meerlust, with its historic manor house, classic wine cellar, family cemetery, dovecote and bird sanctuary is situated fifteen kilometers south of Stellenbosch, with the blue crescent of False Bay a mere five kilometers away. The Estate is uniquely positioned for the production of wines with exceptional complexity and character. In the summertime, ocean breezes and evening mists roll in from the coast to cool the vineyards.
The grapes ripen slowly, thus achieving full, concentrated varietal flavours. The soil consists of predominantly deep, well drained Hutton and Clovelly soil types, affording the vines excellent drought resistance and an ideal substrata for producing concentrated, complex wines.
One hundred and ten hectares are planted with varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
On the 3rd July 1693, the Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, granted the land to Henning Hüsing, who named the farm Meerlust, describing the sense of pleasure he obtained from the sea breezes that blew inland from False Bay.
Johannes Albertus Myburgh bought Meerlust in January 1757. His ownership marked the foundation of the Myburgh Dynasty.
The work depicted, by Johann Frederici, gives a lively impression of life on the farm at the end of the 18th Century.
Kanonkop Wine Estate
Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. His son Paul Oliver Sauer, also a cabinet minister, took over the reins from his father and in 1968 was joined by Springbok rugby great Jan “Boland” Coetzee.
Mary Sauer, daughter of Paul Sauer, inherited the Estate. She married Jannie Krige, a rugby administrator at the University of Stellenbosch, who took early retirement and together with Coetzee made the first estate bottled wines in 1973.
Beyers Truter joined the estate in 1980 with the departure of Coetzee, and together with Johann and Paul, sons of Mary and Jannie, continued the traditions developed on this highly prized estate. More recently Beeslaar, who joined the team in 2002, has taken over from Beyers and continues the good work passed down from generation to generation.
Graham Beck Wines
Graham Beck Wines is now entering its third generation as a family winery. It was established in 1983 when entrepreneur Graham Beck purchased Madeba farm outside the Western Cape town of Robertson with a fervent ambition to establish a world-class winery in this region. The success of the Robertson winery has been extended to the second Graham Beck cellar in Franschhoek, one of the oldest wine-making regions in South Africa.
The success of Graham Beck Wines can be attributed to passion, commitment, skill and access to the finest quality grapes. But most of all it can be attributed to the vision of one man – Graham Beck.
Graham Beck was born in Cape Town and his success as an entrepreneur began whilst studying commerce at the University of Cape Town. During this time he established a successful home renovation business called Kangra – still the name of our holding company today. Graham then ventured into the coal mining business, where he achieved numerous successes. His reputation as a pioneer in the wine industry was preceded by the role he played in the South African economy by pioneering the centralised transportation and export of coal through Richards Bay on the north coast of Kwazulu-Natal.
Graham’s love of horses and racing led to a number of successful stud operations throughout the world. His business interests are global, and he and his wife divide their time between homes in South Africa, Britain and America. However, this warm and generous family remains committed to their African roots and continue to invest their time, energy and funds in the future success and growth of South Africa.
A keen golfer, Graham continues to apply most of his energy to his businesses which are characterised by loyal and committed teams of long-serving employees who operate as part of the family business. Rhona has a great love of gardening and her skills – especially with roses – are evident around our wine cellars at both Robertson and Franschhoek.
The Beck Family is characterised by the warmth and enthusiasm they show for their business, as well as their colleagues. These traits, plus the enormous personal attention they pay to the finest details, are expressed in the quality of our wines.
Ernie Els Wines
As one of South Africa's leading ambassadors and one of the most recognisable faces in the world of sport, it is befitting that Ernie chose South Africa and Stellenbosch to produce his wine.
The idea was born from a long-standing friendship between Ernie and Jean Engelbrecht and based on the vision to produce a wine that would capture everything that Ernie stands for: big in stature and gentle in character.
In 1999, Jean and Ernie established Engelbrecht Els Vineyards and in December 2004, opened their dream cellar on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. When the friendship and expertise of their respective professions came together, Jean and Ernie
set out to create an extraordinary wine. The aim with the wine is to capture everything that Ernie stands for: big in stature and gentle in character.
Embracing the talents of winemaker Louis Strydom, who has produced the only South African wine to be nominated four years consecutively as one of the Top 100 wines in the world, they created the Ernie Els wine, a classic Bordeaux blend comprising of five varietals - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
"As Ernie is setting the standard in the inter-national sporting arena, so are we dedicated to superior quality and excellence in this unique venture," says Jean.