Tag Archives: Elgin

Artisan Cab Shiraz 2010

Special wines for special customers

In 2009 we created the Vrede en Lust Artisan Range to achieve two main objectives: Rare, limited production wines for our wine club members. Wines made in small quantities and not available in retail nor restaurants. The opportunity for Susan and Ansone to experiment and learn with new wines or style. The Artisan Range has […]

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Getting ready for Harvest 2012

The 2012 harvest is rapidly approaching. We expect to start harvesting the first grapes during early February. The first grapes in are normally Chardonnay from the Simonsberg-Paarl vineyards and Pinotage for our Jess Rosè, also from our Simonsberg-Paarl vineyard. The harvest will most likely end in April, with Cabernet Sauvignon from our Elgin vineyards; thus […]

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3 new wines for summer!

We have just released 3 new wines for summer 2011/2012. This includes new 2011 vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc from our Casey’s Ridge vineyard in Elgin and the new Viognier from Simonsberg-Paarl. In addition, we are proud to introduce a brand new wine, the Vrede en Lust White Mischief 2011 also from our Elgin vineyards! […]

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Elegantly Elgin wine tasting

As many of you will know, Etienne and I bought a 90Ha Elgin apple farm in mid 2005. We had been looking for the right cool climate vineyard for some time and had looked at many Elgin farms by then. The farm is located in the south-western corner of Elgin, high above sea level and […]

The new maturation cellar tanks with one of the mobile tanks on the left

Winery capacity increased by 50%

We have mentioned the Cellar upgrade program a few times during the past year and it is finally complete! The original Vrede en Lust winery was completed 10 years ago and designed primarily as a red wine cellar with target crush capacity of 500 tons. Gunther Brozel’s design served us well, but as with life, […]

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Vrede en Lust introduces its maiden vintage Casey’s Ridge Pinot Grigio

Vrede en Lust proudly introduces its maiden vintage Pinot Grigio! The wine is a rare, South African cool climate 100% Pinot Grigio, made from a block planted on Vrede en Lust’s Casey’s Ridge Elgin vineyard in 2006.  The maiden vintage is only 300 cases, made entirely from free-run juice. Pinot Grigio is believed to be […]

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Time for Elgin Riesling and Pinot Noir at Casey’s Ridge

Etienne, George and their team have started planting 2 Hectares (5 acres) of Riesling and 2 Hectares of Pinot Noir, at our Casey’s Ridge vineyard in Elgin. These are both grape varieties that do best in cooler climates and should thrive there! We took Gunter Brozel, one of the legends of the South African wine […]

Susan’s harvest summary

WEATHER CONDITIONS (AND CONSEQUENCES): WINTER 2008: Cold and wet. And wet. And wet. SPRING 2008: Long! Had wet and cool weather up until October and November. NOVEMBER 2008 – JANUARY 2009: A cooler pre-season than previous vintages. HARVEST 2009: In general 10 days behind on most reds. Our whites – Chardonnay and Viognier came in […]