Meerlust – Famous and Loved All Over the World
Since 1756, the Myburgh family has been managing the Meerlust winery and has a large share in the ongoing success, together with the fantastic team of Cellar Master Wim Truter. With the Rubicon, Meerlust has created not only one of the first South African blends, but also the best there is in the eyes of many gourmets. Due to its terroir close to the False Bay and the passionate commitment of the staff, this estate stands for top wines on a high level.
- Founding year
- 1756, first wine 1975
- Meerlust Estate, 33 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa
- 106 hectares
- Flagship wine
- Meerlust Rubicon
- Cellar tours by appointment
- Tasting Room
- Mon-Fri: 09:00 – 17:00 h
- Sat: 10:00 – 14:00 h
Wim Truter is the Cellar Master of Meerlust. Truter is only the third winemaker in the long history of the Meerlust winery. Furthermore, Wim graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Oenology and Viticulture. He completed his master's degree with a focus on vines, wine and terroir management in France, Italy and Spain, among other countries. Before Wim Truter joined Meerlust, he worked at various wineries in South Africa, Europe, Australia and America.
Meerlust – Famous Wine Selection from South Africa
Meerlust is the icon of South African wine – it was this winery that revolutionised the wine industry at the Cape. Before, no one in South Africa was courageous enough for innovation. As the first South African estate, it pressed wines from various grape varieties and strayed off the beaten path of single-variety wines. That is the story behind the Meerlust Rubicon as a flagship of South Africa which has a refreshing flavour of black berries and features a wonderful tannin structure. When ripening slowly due to climatic conditions, the red grapes achieve a high concentration which the team mixes into sophisticated blends and makes them a pleasure for every wine lover. Meerlust takes care of each and every grape by hand.
Meerlust – Tradition Paired With Quality
The winery Meerlust in Stellenbosch is now in the 8th generation; as early as 1756, the Myburgh family took over the estate. The convinced wine lover and owner Hannes Myburgh has been running Meerlust since 1997 and unites tradition with the new world of wine. Nowadays, a historic manor house, rose gardens, a classic wine cellar as well as a bird reserve are part of the picturesque estate. Since 1987, the winery is a national cultural heritage, the only one in all of South Africa. It still enchants visitors because you can still find many unchanged details – just like hundreds of years ago. Since 2020, Wim Truter is Cellar Master at Meerlust. He stands for high quality and long-standing success – just like the whole winery.
Exceptional Terroir in South Africa’s South-West
Meerlust is located fifteen kilometres south of Stellenbosch in the midst of the most famous wine cultivation area of South Africa. No other region produces as many premium wines at a top level. Translated, Meerlust means ‘pleasure of the sea’ as it is merely five kilometres away from the impressive bay at the Cape of Good Hope, the False Bay. The terroir is similar to the Bordeaux equivalent and appeals with the mixture of various kinds of soil that are perfectly suited to produce this exclusive wine. The climate which pleases with the long summer evenings but also with a cool and coastal climate is perfect for sophisticated wine cultivation. This is rounded off by the evening fog – a regular occurrence at Meerlust which ensures the required moisture.