Nestled at the foothills of the Simonsberg, lies Vrede en Lust, home to the wines produced by the 2007 Woman Winemaker of the Year, Susan Erasmus
The history of Vrede en Lust is a story of passion, vision and resurrection, which goes as far back as 1688, when Flemish merchant Jacques de Savoye arrived at the Cape with the French Huguenots.
Since then, Vrede en Lust has changed hands a number of times and in 1996, when the Buys family became the 17th owners, they embarked on a program of renewal to realise the exceptional winemaking potential of the land.
Vrede en Lust is a family owned and managed wine business – a tribute to its noble roots and a magnificent addition to the South African wine industry.
Vrede en Lust, derived from the Dutch “Peace and Eagerness” is a modern wine farm, building on a 320 year old foundation. Its vision is to become one of South Africa’s best loved wineries by delivering a level of customer experience that exceeds all expectations.
The farm is located in the centre of the Cape Winelands, on the eastern slopes of the Simonsberg, and nestled in between the top notch Rupert de Rothschild (Fredericksburg) and Plaisir de Merle estates. The vineyards are classified under the Wine of Origin ward Simonsberg-Paarl, as part of the Paarl Wine Region. Vrede en Lust produces more the bulk of its grapes on its three vineyards and sources the balance from top quality grape growers in the region.
Vrede en Lust was established by the French Huguenot, Jacques de Savoye in 1688. De Savoye immediately started improving the 60 morgen (55 Ha) of land that starts on the Berg River Valley floor and runs up the eastern foothills of the majestic Simonsberg mountain. More than 10,000 vines were planted by 1691, which grew to 80,000 by 1780.
The Buys family purchased both farms in 1996, uniting the original farm once more, and set up restoring a number of the historic buildings and replanting the farm to noble wine grape cultivars. In 1998 Dana entered into a partnership with his brother Etienne, who has since overseen the vineyards and building of the winery. The new winery was completed in time for the 2002 harvest and today, Vrede en Lust is a working wine farm and accessible to the public. For more information about the complete history of our farm go to the VnL History Section.
The Huguenot origins of the farm are honored by the logo, which has been adapted from the original Huguenot Cross. Designer Anthony Lane took the Fleur-de-lis from the Buys family crest and softened the Huguenot cross by applying it to the points. The logo, a dove linked by a ribbon of gold to multiple blessings as depicted by the points of the cross represents peace and freedom of spirit. It is a fitting symbol for a farm with a legendary history and a soaring future.