In 1941 Peter and Pamela Barlow bought Rustenberg, later acquiring Schoongezicht and reuniting the properties. Peter lovingly restored many of the old buildings on the property and developed the farming capacity of the estate by building dams and renovating the winery.
Their son, Simon, took over the running of the farm in 1987, having run Nooitgedacht, a property on the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch for a number of years. Simon reinvigorated the property as South Africa emerged from post-Apartheid isolation. He built a new winery and imported modern virus free clones and grape varieties to replant the estate’s vineyards. Simon is actively involved in the everyday running of the farm and along with his wife Rozanne, who is responsible for the grounds and gardens, ensures a personal touch to the running of this family owned business.
Simon and Rozanne’s son, Murray, farms full time with his parents, having returned from completing his Masters in Oenology from The University of Adelaide in Australia. Murray has brought a renewed passion and modern outlook to the operations of the business and primarily oversees the winemaking and marketing on the property. Murray has also been awarded the Diner’s Club Young Winemaker of the Year Award twice (the only person to win it twice), and has been involved in the judging at various wine competitions globally. Murray’s wife, Tammy, has also become involved in various aspects of the business, making it a fully family-run affair.
The Barlows have been at Rustenberg for over 75 years: the longest period any one family has owned the farm.