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 Vrede en Lust Estate | Depius 1688

Nestled within a natural amphitheatre shaped by the vertical cliffs of the spectacular Simonsberg Mountain, lies Vrede en Lust Estate – home to the wines produced and bottled by the Buys-family.

The history of Vrede en Lust Estate 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. De Savoye immediately started improving the 60 morgen (55Ha) of land that starts at the Bergriver 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.

Since the De Savoye reign, Vrede en Lust Estate has changed hands a number of times and in 1996, when the Buys family became the 17th owners, they embarked on a programme of renewal to fully realise the exceptional winemaking potential of the land.

Today this breathtakingly modern wine farm, a family owned and managed wine business, is a tribute to its noble roots and continues to build on over 320 years of history and heritage.

Jacques De Savoye named the farm Vrede en Lust in 1688 derived from the Dutch meaning of ‘Peace and Delight’.

Vrede en Lust Coffee Table Book

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The new Vrede en Lust book is a beautiful, 82 page, full colour coffee table book by Romi Boom, that tracks Vrede en Lust’s history over more than 320 years since Jacques de Savoye founded the historic estate in 1688. It starts with the Savoye family situation through the Huguenots arrival in the Cape.

The book ends with the modern Vrede en Lust as you know it in early 2011. Photographs by Eddie Wilson and a few other top local photographers, complete the updated edition.

The book is available from our tasting room and the VnL eStore.

If you wish to preview the Vrede en Lust coffee table book online click here.