De Meye Wine Estate
Marcus Milner's long-distance cycling exploits, on various continents, are formidable. But when it comes to work, he's not into travelling too far. After five years at Stan and Norma Ratcliffe's Warwick cellar, he pedalled just over the hill to join Jan and Philip Myburgh (the latter an old schoolfriend) on their family farm. It's named after a river in Holland, origin of the first Myburghs to emigrate to the Cape around 1660.
De Meye's 65 ha vineyards, in turn, are but a short sprint away from Natte Vallei, the Milners' own family estate. An attractive new-to-the-range Chardonnay will remain the only white wine; the Sauvignon Blanc has been culled so as not to distract from the main (red) items on the agenda. Red wines are this Muldersvlei area's specialty, and Philip Myburgh has recently planted cabernet franc and merlot, selecting specific sites from the farm's nine different soil-types. Easy-going fruity drinkability appears to come naturally here, but Milner's first full season at the controls has seen the wines move into higher gear.
The Name De Meye:
The farm and winery is named after the De Meye River in Holland. This is where the first Myburgh who came to South Africa in 1665, used to live. Our label is designed around the Myburgh Family crest.
The farm is situated in Stellenbosch, sub region known as Greater Simonsberg, South Africa's most prestigious wine making area. We are on the northern side of the town Stellenbosch , which makes up the Simonsberg/ Muldersvlei ward. Our neighbouring wineries are Kanonkop, Uitkyk, Warwick, Laibach and Lievland.
De Meye Farm:
The total size of the farm is 150 hectares, of which 60 hectares are planted to vineyards and 20 under fruit trees. In total we could have 100 hectares planted to vines. The grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage and Chardonnay. Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc are also grown on De Meye, but these grapes are sold off to different neighbouring wineries. We have recently been Eurepgap Certified. Euregap stands for European Good Agricultural Practices, this certification will be a requirement for the European supermarkets that buy our fruit .
Most of our wine is exported at this stage. But we feel it is important to establish ourselves locally. We currently export to the following countries: Germany, Holland, UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Botswana, Austria and Switzerland.
The owner is Jan Myburgh, who is the fifth generation to farm in this area. He started farming with vines over 30 years ago. Grapes were sold to Nederburg and Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery. In 1997, it was decided to renovate some of the old farm buildings and make our own wines.
Management of the farm and winery:
Our winemaker, Marcus Milner and Philip Myburgh, manage the winery. Marcus spent 10 years at a neighbouring estate, Warwick and in 1999, he joined us at DE MEYE.De Meye Wine Estate