Vrede & Lust

Intersection R45 & Klapmuts Rd Simondium


Nestled at the foothills of the Simonsberg, lies Vrede en Lust, home to the wines produced by the 2007 Landbou Weekblad Woman Winemaker of the Year, Susan Erasmus. The history of Vrede en Lust is a story of passion, vision and resurrection, which goes as far back as 1688, when Flemish merchant Jacques de Savoye arrived at the Cape with the French Huguenots.

Since then, Vrede en Lust has changed hands a number of times and in 1996, when the Buys family became the 17th owners, they embarked on a program of renewal to realise the exceptional winemaking potential of the land.Vrede en Lust is a family owned and managed wine business - a tribute to its noble roots and a magnificent addition to the South African wine industry.

Vrede en Lust, derived from the Dutch "Peace and Eagerness" is a modern wine farm, building on a 320 year old foundation. Its vision is to become one of South Africa's best loved wineries by delivering a level of customer experience that exceeds all expectations.

The farm is located in the centre of the Cape Winelands, on the eastern slopes of the Simonsberg, and nestled in between the top notch Rupert de Rothschild (Fredericksburg) and Plaisir de Merle estates. The vineyards are classified under the Wine of Origin ward Simonsberg-Paarl, as part of the Paarl Wine Region. Vrede en Lust produces more the bulk of its grapes on its three vineyards and sources the balance from top quality grape growers in the region.

Vrede en Lust was established by the French Huguenot, Jacques de Savoye in 1688. De Savoye immediately started improving the 60 morgen (55 Ha) of land that starts on the Berg River Valley floor and runs up the eastern foothills of the majestic Simonsberg mountain. More than 10,000 vines were planted by 1691, which grew to 80,000 by 1780.

The Buys family purchased both farms in 1996, uniting the original farm once more, and set up restoring a number of the historic buildings and replanting the farm to noble wine grape cultivars. In 1998 Dana entered into a partnership with his brother Etienne, who has since overseen the vineyards and building of the winery. The new winery was completed in time for the 2002 harvest and today, Vrede en Lust is a working wine farm and accessible to the public.

The Huguenot origins of the farm are honored by the logo, which has been adapted from the original Huguenot Cross. Designer Anthony Lane took the Fleur-de-lis from the Buys family crest and softened the Huguenot cross by applying it to the points. The logo, a dove linked by a ribbon of gold to multiple blessings as depicted by the points of the cross represents peace and freedom of spirit. It is a fitting symbol for a farm with a legendary history and a soaring future.


The Manor House is an experience unlike any other with superb service and luxurious comfort. It is so spectacular that our guests keep returning time and time again and we have only opened our doors a year ago. The house, which sleeps 10 people, is a luxurious retreat with panoramic views from every window. The Manor House is ideal for wedding parties, executives or celebrities who want to enjoy some exclusive and private time in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

The ground floor boasts solid yellow wood floors and 5m high yellow wood ceilings. There is a large reception room, a very spacious lounge with a fireplace and formal dining room. The ground floor has a home theatre, 2 bedrooms, one bathroom and a beautiful farmhouse style kitchen with a fireplace. Both the lounge and the kitchen open up onto a patio area with stunning views of the Franschhoek valley.

On the first floor there are 3 additional double bedrooms (including the master suite), 3 bathrooms and a separate lounge area that leads onto the upstairs deck overlooking the pool house and mountain side. Each room is distinctly different in decor, making a walk through the house a truly pleasurable experience.

In the lush green and well-established garden you will find the swimming pool and pool house. The pool house features a bar, dining area, bathroom and a large patio. Adjacent to the pool house is a large boma where one can sit comfortably around a fire.


Wedding Venue
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.Vrede en Lust offers an elegant and tranquil setting for the wedding of your dreams. Historical Cape Dutch architecture, undulating vineyards and breathtaking mountain scenery, coupled with our first class service and attention to detail makes Vrede en Lust the ideal location for your wedding.

Conference Venue
We have an ideal venue for conferences and high end product launches. Our conferencing facility seats up to 70 delegates (classroom style) and opens onto a the Vineyard Terrace that overlooks hectares of vineyards and the spectacular surrounding Simonsberg and Groot Drakenstein mountains. This background adds a sense of warmth and polish to every function, large or small.

Open daily between 08h00 and 17h00Visit our deli for delicious fresh breads, baked daily on the premises, an astonishing variety of extra virgin and organic olive oils,local and imported cheeses, olives, fresh pasta, preserves and speciality items.Our talented team also does stylish outside catering and private functions - enquire with Duncan.

Cottage Menu

Cellar Tours
After the outdoor vineyard experience, join one of our Tasting room staff to learn more about our unique winemaking techniques and how they affect the style of our wines.

Our ISO 14001 certified, 750-ton wine cellar was specially positioned to compliment the historical €œwerf and for aesthetic and practical reasons, a large section of the cellar is underground, creating a naturally cool climate in which wine may mature.Cellar tours are given on regular schedule over weekends and peak seasons or by appointment.

Speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable consultants.T. 27 (0)21 874 1611F. 27 (0)21 874 1859

Wine Tasting
We offer free wine tasting at our Tasting room counter! Visitors often ask us why we offer free wine tastings when most other wineries charge for tastings? We always try to explain that there is a difference between free tasting and free drinking.