Growing fine wines on the Meerlust Estate has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, beginning in 1756. Long recognized for producing world-class wines Meerlust is situated fifteen kilometres south of Stellenbosch in the heart of South Africa’s winelands.
The first owner of the property, a German immigrant named Henning Huising, recognized the beauty and potential of the farm and settled here in 1693. He named his new-found home “Meerlust”, meaning “pleasure of the sea”, as the manor house sits on a granite outcrop only 5 km from False Bay, and in the warm summers months the vineyards are refreshed by ocean breezes and evening mists which roll in from the coast.
Visitors to the Estate have for centuries anticipated seeing the cool, white façade of the Manor House as they passed through the gates along the palm and oak tree-lined drive. Today, that sense of having arrived at a most treasured home and estate is enhanced by the knowledge that here grow the grapes of the prized Meerlust wines.
OWNER - HANNES MYBURGH
In February 1988, Hannes Myburgh succeeded his father as custodian of Meerlust, He was the estate’s eleventh owner and represented the eighth generation
After spending five years as assistant wine maker to Cellar Master Giorgio Dalla Cia, Chris took over the reins in 2004 when Giorgio retired after twenty five years at Meerlust.
“At Meerlust, it is our philosophy to capture the intrinsic character of our vineyards, the diversity and complexity of our soils, the unique coastal macro climate and our viticultural history in the character of the wine. It is of utmost importance that our wines are true to their provenance and authentic in their character. Every year we see our wines becoming ever more idiosyncratic and complex. We do not impose our own expectations on the fruit, we are guided by the terroir that is Meerlust”.
Meerlust has had a long and excellent relationship with JSR trading commencing in 2006 and we look forward to working together in the Japanese market for many years to come.