History

In 1979 Johannes Albertus Faure (present proprietor) purchased the farm.

In 1979 Johannes Albertus Faure (present proprietor) purchased the farm. From 1979 till about 1982 Koos Faure supported his son John with his new farm by advising him and encouraging him in his viticulture skills. Koos had much experience and viticulture skill as he often assisted Perold in testing his theories.

When John bought the farm in 1979 he changed the name to Ruitersvlei. All wines made from the grapes of Ruitersvlei were made by John Faure. He sold these wines up until the 1995 harvest to Stellenbosch Farmers Winery.

In 1993 Nicki, the eldest daughter of John decided to assist her father in his farming and it did not take much time before her sisters Belinda and Sheryl decided to join in the family farming business.

In 1995 John together with his daughters and with self-determination decided to take the plunge to market and bottle their own product. It was therefore a comemorable day when in 1995 they decided to release their first bottled wines off the estate.

Since taking the plunge in 1995, the sisters have achieved notable success with their wines. The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 took a Bronze at the 2005 Fairbairn Trophy Show as well as at the 2005 Veritas Awards. Bronze medals were also awarded to the Reserve Shiraz 2004, Shiraz 2004, Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Chenin blanc 2005 and the Mountainside White 2005 at the 2005 Veritas Awards. This success bears testimony of the expertise, enthusiasm and dedication of everyone on the two farms that make up Ruitersvlei Estate.

Far more than family affair, here winemaking - and life - is a community.

Ruitersvlei Wines
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