Mats Vineyard


My Last 2 years in South Africa , before moving to Denmark, were spent running the gorgeous Rust en Vrede Estate. It means Rest and Peace – not rust and anger as translated in Danish. The farm is 316 years old. Not bad for a “New World” wine region. The soils are perfect for growing red wine. A winemakers dream. Jean Engelbrecht, the dynamic and larger than life proprieter surrounds himself with top people. Winemaker Coenie Snyman is a perfectionist and puts so much love and passion into his wine and his ethos filters down to the rest of the team. Its is a beautiful piece of wine growing soil, the gardens are so well tended and the feeling of tranquility and perfection fit the wines perfectly. My favorite wine comes from these soils – the Rust en Vrede Shiraz leaves me breathless with every mouthful. Even the Danish queen could not resist the allure, having an official lunch with Jean and his family in 1996.


2012, Veritas awards for the following:

Double Gold for Shiraz 2010

Double Gold for Cirrus 2009

Gold for Merlot 2011

Gold for Estate 2009

Gold for Single Vineyard Syrah 2010

2010, Chef David Higgs took the restaurant to a trilogy of awards – Restaurant, chef and Service award – of the year.

2009, Winemaker Coenie Snyman won the winemaker of the year award for his 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.

2009, Top wine tourist destination in the world.

2000, Rust en Vrede became the first South African winery to be named in the prestigious, “Top 100 Wines of the World” by US wine magazine; Wine Spectator. This was followed up in 2001, 2002 and 2003 where the estate again made appearances on the esteemed list,  making it four years in succession that this milestone was achieved.

1998, The 1998 Rust en Vrede Estate Wine was named the best blended red wine at the World Wine Championships in the United States.

1996, Rust en Vrede hosted the Queen of Denmark at an official lunch in the manor house on the estate.

1994, Rust en Vrede received the South African Export Achievement award from President Mandela.

1993, President Nelson Mandela selected Rust en Vrede to be served at the  Nobel Peace Prize dinner in Oslo, where he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Yes they are quite pricey wines, but if you can afford it, I would seriously recommend any of the Rust en Vrede wines.

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