Meerlust Estate has been part of the Myburgh family for eight generations since 1756, when it was purchased by Johannes Albertus Myburgh. When Nicolas Myburgh took over in 1959, he began an extensive restoration program of the Cape Dutch style architectural structures on the Estate.Today, the dedication to the art of fine winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, Nicolas ’s son.

The entire complex was declared a National Monument in 1987.
Rubicon, the unique Bordeaux–wine blend of Meerlust, was released to international acclaim in 1980. Nicolas Myburgh was looking for an appropriate name as he believed that he had reached the “point of no return” with this wine and could only go forward. Julius Caesar is supposed to have said “Alea iacta est” (The die is cast) as he led his troops towards Rome in 49BC. The crucial border of the ancient capital was the Rubicon River, and the decision to cross it marked an irrevocable point in history.

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