The history of Muratie

Situated at the foothills of the Simonsberg, Muratie Wine Estate tells the story of winemaking in South Africa, a history almost as old as the country herself.

In 1926 a German artist got lost whilst out riding on his horse. As he rode up the valley he found the old manor house in a slightly neglected state. Being an artist by profession, he immediately fell in love with the charm of the place. In 1927 they planted the first Pinot Noir vines in South Africa.

In 1987 the farm was sold to Ronnie Melck (One century later the farm is back in the Melck fold). In 1988 a replanting programme was commenced, some minor alterations done to the cellar, as for the rest, the philosophy at Muratie is to stick to as much traditional methods and values as possible. Today the current owner is the son of Ronnie Melck, Rijk Melck