Our Vineyards

Our Vineyards

The vineyards producing the grapes for Rustenberg’s wines climb the rich red slopes of the Simonsberg. A range of slopes and aspects allow site-specific plantings that enhance varietal characteristics. Visitors to our farm may wonder where all the vineyards are!? All they need to is look up towards the mountain to see the rolling hectares of vines sitting well above the valley floor.

The dedicated vineyard team have been working hard to rejuvenate our vineyards by planting virus-free vines imported from France. A small-scale nursery has been started for propagation, providing available rootstock for upgrading, replanting and experimentation. Historic sites which were planted in the 1800s and 1900s are being replanted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the champion grape varieties of the farm.

Rustenberg farm is well situated in the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountain, granting the farm beautiful fresh water sources directly from the mountain. These sources are collected in our dams and controlled irrigation is used when necessary to alleviate stressed vines and maximise the quality of our grapes. We utilise a drip-irrigation method which allows us to make the most of our water and direct it straight to the vine root, with minimal wastage.

All our grapes are hand-harvested in the early mornings and all vineyard blocks vinified separately, then blended for added complexity. There is no set formula – the blend depends on the vintage. Even sections within a vineyard are monitored according to the acid/pH levels, natural sugar levels and flavour of the grapes, which are often picked over a two-week period to optimise ripeness and quality.

Our vineyard team comprises an array of knowledgeable, experienced and passionate people, led by owner, Simon Barlow, who work together to begin our wines’ journey with quality and excellence right from the first bud on the vine until it reaches the cellar.





Our History

The Barlow Family

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