Meerlust Estate has been part of the Myburgh family for eight generations since 1756, when it was purchased by Johannes Albertus Myburgh. When Nicolas Myburgh took over in 1959, he began an extensive restoration program of the Cape Dutch style architectural structures on the Estate.Today, the dedication to the art of fine winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, Nicolas ’s son.
The entire complex was declared a National Monument in 1987.
HANNES MYBURGH, Owner
Hannes graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Stellenbosch, majoring in English, French, Philosophy and Political Science. His work on the farm started officially in 1982, following several stints on wine estates abroad including Von Oetinger in Germany and Chateau Lafite in Bordeaux.
Rubicon, the unique Bordeaux–wine blend of Meerlust, was released to international acclaim in 1980. Nicolas Myburgh was looking for an appropriate name as he believed that he had reached the “point of no return” with this wine and could only go forward. Julius Caesar is supposed to have said “Alea iacta est” (The die is cast) as he led his troops towards Rome in 49BC. The crucial border of the ancient capital was the Rubicon River, and the decision to cross it marked an irrevocable point in history.
The Myburgh Family Trust has initiated a progressive farm workers project in which the workers are shareholders in a wine storage and labelling facility offering services to the local wine industry and Meerlust. In addition, the Meerlust Foundation, in conjunction with the Sustainability Institute, provides a safe and stimulating environment for the children of the farm workers.
After spending five years as assistant wine maker to Cellar Master Giorgio Dalla Cia, Chris took over the reins in 2004 when Giorgio retired after twenty five years at Meerlust.
Chris is energized by the challenge of evolving the Meerlust wines to their next stage of development, while isolating and identifying specific vineyards of excellence at Meerlust and vinifying the grapes to their highest expression.