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Rust en Vrede

For over 300 years Rust en Vrede has stood peacefully among the vineyards of Stellenbosch. The original farm buildings were built between 1780 and 1825. This prestigious estate was purchased by the Engelbrecht family almost 35 years ago, since when they have specialised in producing only red wine with the focus on Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot. These are wines with all the hallmarks of complexity and balance, as well as a sense of place which reflects their heritage. Many accolades have been bestowed upon the estate, including Rust en Vrede being chosen by President Nelson Mandela to be served at the Nobel Peace Prize dinner and hosting the Queen of Denmark for a lunch at the Manor House. Rust en Vrede was nominated as the first South African red wine in the Top 100 Wines of the World and went on to repeat this achievement for four consecutive years.

The estate is now run by Jean Engelbrecht and the winemaker is Coenie Snyman. An outstanding fine dining restaurant opened at the end of 2007 in Rust en Vrede’s original cellar, a cellar which is a registered National Monument.

Guardian Peak / Englebrecht Els / Rust en Vredeís vineyards are planted on a mixture of broken down granite (coming off the Helderberg) and shale. These soils with their slope and northerly aspect have over the years proven to be wonderful for red grape production. We are relatively sheltered from the harsh winds, and although we got whipped around in Mid November we didnít suffer any permanent damage. Our cultivar and root stock selections on these soils give us the grapes that our wine maker demands for our style. Many small components that can be blended as the seasons dictate to create our distinctive full bodied wines.

The vineyards have been a very busy place since last harvest. Our staff has undergone intensive in-house and institutional training and is now proudly showing off their new found skills we have spent a lot of time on re doing the trellising systems, pruning and shaping them before bud burst. Spring was a little later than normal (not a train smash) and the seaso
Rust en Vrede was established in 1694 and was bought by the Engelbrecht family in 1977. The original farm buildings were built between 1780 and 1825. Renovation and developments in the cellar and vineyards have put this estate among the most prestigious in South Africa.

Nature Friendly

Our property boasts: Wild areas, a natural forest, wetland, an oak orchard, and a river runs through it.

Organic / Biodynamic

We are striving towards sustainable viticulture my implementing appropriate organic and biodynamic principles. We apply the principles of 'Integrated Production of Wine' We are improving the microbial activity in the soil, biodiversity in the vineyard and optimize the vineyard canopy the natural resistance towards disease is increased.

Water Conservation policies

Borehole and agricultural water is used. Water usage is monitored. Supplementary irrigation takes place. Irrigation will be controlled by pressure bom results. All taps in the cellar are equipped with water saver, cleaning by high pressure. No rainwater is saved due to the river running though Rust and Vrede.

Recycling of dry goods

All glass and cartons are recycled. All vineyard and garden cuttings are turned into compost. All household waste are removed by a certified waste management company.

Actions to neutralise carbon footprint

We were the first private Estate with an underground cellar in South Africa. 10% of the property is natural forest and wetland. We have an oak tree orchard with trees varying in age from 1 to 300 years.

Social responsibility

We ensure all children of school going age attend school. We run a creche and have child care facilities for children. We sponsor and encourage R&V Soccer club. We continue ongoing training programs - pruning, forklift, chainsaw, tractor.