Tag Archives: Susan Erasmus

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, […]


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 […]


Boet Erasmus 2007 wins the SA Red Wine Trophy

On the 30th of June 2010, Vrede en Lust’s flagship Bordeaux style red blend, the Boet Erasmus 2007, was awarded the Best South African Red Wine Trophy at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London. The IWC is one of the leading wine competitions held internationally, attracting more than 10,000 wines from all over the […]

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 […]


Meet our new assistant winemaker!

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Ansone (pronounced An-so-nay) Fourie as our first full-time, assistant winemaker! Ansone is busy completing her second harvest at Vrede en Lust. She graduated with a B.Agric (with Cellar technology) from Elsenburg, Stellenbosch in 2006. She worked her first harvest after graduation at Simonsvlei, followed by some […]