Every wine tells a story
Muratie is one of South Africa’s oldest wine estates and its building is a protected site of historic interest. An almost magical place that’s full of art treasures with an architecture that is almost as old as the country itself, situated in the foothills of the impressive Simonsberg near Stellenbosch. The soils from the vineyards around the old farmhouse are probably the best in the entire country for classic red wine varieties. The Melck family of renowned wine growers has owned the wine estate since the 17th century. The legendary first owner was Martin Melck, who emigrated to South Africa from East Prussia and founded the Lutheran Church in Cape Town. Ronnie Melck, one of the pioneers of South African viniculture in the 20th century, managed the estate up to his death in 1995. He was succeeded by his son, Dr Rijk.