Vrede en Lust
The Vrede en Lust vineyards are situated against the slopes of the dramatic Simonsberg Mountain between Paarl and Franschhoek.
The vineyards are located between 150m and 280m above sea level, on the northern side of the Simonsberg Mountain. Here the high mountain peaks shade the vineyards from the hot, late afternoon sun.
The diversity of the soils and elevations are closely linked with the quality of the Vrede en Lust wines.
The higher elevated vineyards soils consist of well-drained weathered granite soils, with good water retention which necessitates minimal human intervention when it comes to irrigation.
The lower lying sections consist of loamy and alluvial based soils. These soils are especially suited for the Rhone cultivars.
The 35 ha of vines consists of mainly red cultivars Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Grenache.
As part of our ongoing attempt to improve the vineyard quality we are busy replacing old virus infected vineyards with new blocks. In 2017 2ha of Shiraz and 2ha of Merlot were replanted. This will be followed by an additional 4ha of Cabernet Sauvignon in 2018. The viticulturist is responsible for detecting infected vines and then replacing it with clean plant material.
A small planting of white cultivars consist of Viognier and Chardonnay. These grapes are looked after by a dedicated team of full time vineyard workers, who performs all the major functions by hand. This includes pruning during the Cape winter, suckering and the final harvesting during the end of the Cape summer in February/March.