About Rust en Vrede
The origin of Rust en Vrede dates back to March 12th 1694. This is the date mentioned in the official Title Deed of the estate. In 1977, Jannie and Ellen, parents of the current proprietor, Jean Engelbrecht, purchased this estate in 1977, and started work on it right away. In the subsequent year, Jannie created the first vintage from this estate. A few years later, rigorous re-planting of vines took place here, and the team focussed on planting Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals.
This wine estate is located on the low-altitude slopes of the Helderberg Mountains, in the southern region of Stellenbosch, close to False Bay. The wines created from here are full-bodied and intense, thanks to the ancient Tukulu soils and the warm, Mediterranean climate of the region. In 1988, Jannie Engelbrecht gave a new dimension to Rust en Vrede wines, when he blended Syrah grapes with the famous Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The former South African President, Nelson Mandela, put Rust en Vrede wines on the international map, when he chose this wine to be served at the famous Nobel Peace Prize dinner, held at Oslo in 1993. In 2000, the red wine from this label earned international acclaim, when it was recognized as Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines in the World. Coenie Snyman, who was appointed winemaker at the estate in 2006, was named Wine Club’s winemaker of the year in 2009, adding more laurels to this wine label. The laurels have never stopped, as the wines and the winemakers of this estate have been winning many awards at international platforms consistently.
Today, if the Rust en Vrede estate has earned a name for itself in the global wine industry, it is due to the pride and passion that the proprietor and her experienced winemaking team exhibits in every single bottle they create.
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