For this 315-year old wine estate, history was made by 1714 when Christina Stans, widow of the first owner, had planted 60,000 vines on the rolling hills of Meerendal. Following in her footsteps, Liza Goodwin, cellar master and winemaker since 1998, kept this tradition alive.
The hills of Meerendal rise above the flat surrounding landscape which is virtually at sea level. In the early morning hours, they are often shrouded in mist.
Together these hills and valleys provide an almost endless variety of slopes, soil types and micro climates that make it possible to grow a range of classic cultivars with equal success. The Durbanville area, now part of the Wine of Origin Cape Town are, is amongst the coolest wine-growing areas in the Cape Wine Lands due to the southeast wind which blows from False Bay over the vineyards and benefits from receiving very little rain during the summer. This slows the ripening of the fruit and concentrates flavour in the berries.
Meerendal is proud to nurture the oldest vineyard in Durbanville, the Heritage Block Pinotage on the estate. The six hectare vineyard of bush vines, also registered as a single block vineyard, was planted in 1955 from the original Pinotage vineyard of Professor Perold, the father of Pinotage. Wine from this block was first released under the Meerendal Heritage Block vineyard with the 2005 vintage, when the vines were 50 years old.
Meerendal was also one of the first fourteen farms to be awarded wine estate status, when the Wine of Origin legislation was introduced in 1993. Recently new Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards were planted, and wine is now exported to more than twelve countries.