Tag Archives: Etienne Buys

Looking up at the Simonsberg across the Shiraz blocks 10 and 11

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 […]

Ansone and Etienne Loading Chardonnay Harvest 2011

The start of Harvest 2011

We are now into the first week of the 2011 harvest at Vrede en Lust! The cellar gets is distinctive ‘harvest bouquet’ which can be experienced as part of our new winemaking tours. The harvest started with Chardonnay destined for our Sarah 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay. The harvest will be a long one, as our Elgin […]

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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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 […]

Vrede en Lust Harvest 2010 Team

Meet the Vrede en Lust Harvest 2010 team!

Meet the Vrede en Lust Harvest 2010 team! Nearly 7 days into the harvest they have already crushed 83 tons! Ansone Fourie, Susan Erasmus, Natalee Hamilton, Ben Snyman, Baron Willemse, Etienne Buys with some Pinotage destined for Rose tipping into the receiving bin Susan is of course the Vrede en Lust winemaker (South Africa’s women […]