Rust en Vrede is a winery located in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa, known for producing high-quality red wines. The name, which means "rest and peace" in Dutch, reflects the tranquil and serene setting of the estate.
Rust en Vrede was founded in 1694 and has a long history of winemaking, but it was not until the 1970s that the winery began to focus on producing red wines. Today, the winery is recognized as one of South Africa's leading producers of red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
The winery's vineyards are planted on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains, where the vines benefit from cool coastal breezes and mineral-rich soils. The grapes are handpicked and carefully sorted before being fermented in small batches. The winery uses a combination of new and old oak barrels to age its wines, resulting in complex and layered flavors.
Rust en Vrede produces several different red wine blends, including the flagship Estate Wine, a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The winery also produces a Syrah and a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.