DID YOU KNOW?
The Barlows have been at Rustenberg for over 70 years: the longest period any one family has owned the farm.
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The Western Cape Province is revered for its luscious natural beauty and charming towns many of which are snuggly located between mounting green hills, setting a beautiful backdrop and views to be enjoyed.
One of these towns is Stellenbosch – also known as the town of the oaks. Stellenbosch was established by the Dutch when they arrived and this is evident in the buildings and structures which although restored, still bear a striking resemblance to this aspect of the town’s history.
Stellenbosch is also where many of the provinces wine farms are located one of which being the Rustenberg Wine Estate.
The wine farm is set on a sprawling 900 hectare piece of land owned and run by Simon Barlow and his family. Speaking to him, it is difficult not to be immediately taken in by his warm and jovial nature.He welcomes you with the zeal of a long lost friend and when he takes you through the history of the farm, his passion for this craft, the family tradition and the people he works with is evident for all to see.
“This wine farm was founded in 1682 but my father only bought it in 1941. He later acquired the adjacent land and combined the two. He was passionate about his craft and taught me all that I know today. Venturing into this business was a natural progression for me as it is all I knew growing up. Now to have my family and the people whom I grew up with to do this with me, makes it all the more enjoyable,” he says.
Simon and his wife Rozanne, employ about fifty people full time with an additional one hundred part time workers being called in during high peak season. His son Murray oversees the wine making processes and the marketing, while his wife runs the adjacent cattle farm and maintains the gardens.
“We are a family business with family values. We look after one another and we look after the people we share the community with,” he says.
A favourite part of what he does, when he has the time, is engaging with the people who visit the farm and its gardens.
“Playing host and welcoming visitors to enjoy this bespoke offering with us is akin to opening up our family home and sharing a great meal with friends,” he says.
“We have created an offering where through our wine tasting and tours, people can share in what we do. Our gardens and the drive around the estate affords one the opportunity to lose themselves in the beauty of their surrounds and just unwind,” he explains.
And it is not particularly difficult to see why people find this place enchanting: the views all around are simply breath-taking. The finely manicured and landscaped garden are spacious and inviting, offering a perfect place to lay down under one of the magnificent trees and relax.
Standing atop of the land, you are confronted by rows of vineyards and a pool of greenery that stretches to places beyond what the eye can see. It is quiet. It is serene and it is a surprisingly good place to escape the fast pace city life, toss aside daily worries and give a toast for life’s simple pleasures.