Region: Cape Town
Known for: One of the oldest wine estates in South Africa. Pinotage in unique, different styles
The story of this magnificent wine estate started in 1714 when Christina Stans, widow of the first owner, planted 60,000 vines on the rolling hills of Meerendal. 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 is amongst the coolest wine-growing areas in the Cape Winelands and benefits from receiving very little rain during the summer. True to the Meerendal tradition, winemaking has been in a woman’s hands since 1998. Following in the footsteps of Christina Stans, the current cellar master Liza Goodwin is always striving to produce unique wines of outstanding quality. Meerendal Wine Estate has developed into one of South Africa’s top wine estates.
In 2017, the wards of Durbanville, Constantia, Philadelphia and Hout Bay were united to form Wine of Origin Cape Town.
The team is also dedicated to giving back to the community through the involvement in charities such as Songo, Food Cycle and the Bigfeet Elephant Foundation.
At Meerendal, there is a strong focus on producing the best and most interesting Pinotage.
Liza Goodwin was the first female winemaker in Durbanville. She graduated from Elsenburg Agricultural College in 1994 and joined Meerendal Wine Estate in 1998 as winemaker. Together with her small team, they consistently create amazing wines from Meerendal’s vineyards.