Vrede en Lust Wine Estate
Vrede en Lust is a 55Ha farm with about 36Ha currently under vine. They recently planted a 1.5Ha lot of olives and planted a 3Ha block of Grenache in 2009. The estate is a long, narrow piece of land that connects Paarl and Franschhoek and travels up some 2.5km to the slopes of the famous Simonsberg Mountain. There are many different slopes on the estate; some facing south, others east, others north and others west. The Simonsberg Mountain is home to many of the Cape’s leading wineries including Kanonkop, Backsberg, Boschendal and Glen Carlou.
52 year old Jacques de Savoye along with his 28 year old wife Marie-Madeleine Le Clercq joined the exodus to the Cape along with his mother-in-law, two children from his first marriage plus three servants. After 70 days at sea they arrive at Table Bay on 26 April 1688 to start a new life after leaving France. Nothing in De Savoye’s earlier career suggests that agricultural pursuits such as ploughing, planting, building and raising livestock would attract the merchant, but he now becomes the owner of a magnificent piece of land against the foothills of the Napoleansberg (today known as Simonsberg). He calls his farm Vrede en Lust (Peace and Delight) and on 15 April 1694 receives the title deed signed and issued by Simon van der Stel, Governor of the United Netherlends Chartered East India Company of the Cape of Good Hope. The land becomes Jacques full and free property on condition he regularly replace trees felled on his farm with young oak trees and supply the Honourable Company with one tenth of his annual wheat crops. It will take another century before the farm is sufficiently developed to claim its rightful place among the thriving Cape wine estates. Vrede en Lust Estate has a rich history spanning well over 300 years since 1688.
The Buys Era 1996
On 3 October 1996, when the Registrar of Deeds affixed his Seal of Office to the transfer of Vrede en Lust, a brand-new era was beckoning in the history of this extraordinary farm. With this purchase came a vision of resurrection. Three centuries after its original grant, two centuries after the stately old Huguenot farm had celebrated the pinnacle of its prosperity with the erection of a manor house, cellar and jonkershuis, one century after its character had been changed to a fruit farm, Vrede en Lust would once again rise to its former glory. To turn the property into one of the Cape’s foremost wine estates, with a complete metamorphosis of the vineyards, no cost or effort would be spared. The estate now looks like it did in 1783.
The Huguenot origins of the farm are honoured by the logo, which has been adapted from the original Huguenot Cross. Designer Anthony Lane took the Fleur-de-lis from the Buys family crest and softened the Huguenot cross by applying it to the points. The logo, a dove linked by a ribbon of gold to multiple blessings as depicted by the points of the cross, represents peace and freedom of spirit. It is a fitting symbol for a farm with a legendary history and a soaring future.