I am a member of the Simon van der Stel Society in Cape Town and they organise some interesting outings to historical places which are not typically open to the public. Today was an amazing experience to visit the home of Simon and Rozanne Barlow, owners of the Rustenberg wine estate, initially purchased in 1941 by 'Simon's parents, Peter and Pamela Barlow. The photo above is the front of the main house and used for their label on the Rustenberg Estate wines.
The Rustenberg Estate range of wines features the Barlow family private home on their label.
Simon and Roxanne's private home is like walking through a wonderful museum, surrounded by magnificent gardens, and one can see the great care spent in maintaining all the heritage buildings and gardens. They also have a keen interest history with an employee dedicated to conducting research in the archives.
After our historic walk through the grounds, Simon and Roxanne hosted our group from the Simon van der Stel society for tea in their garden.
Rustenberg will be hosting their annual Open Gardens to the public for the next three days (Friday Saturday Sunday), where visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the grounds and enjoy the gardens.
In addition you can visit their wine tasting (please arrive at least 30 minutes before closing and phone in advance if you will be four or more guests:
Rustenberg Wine Tasting and Sales Opening Times
Monday – Friday: 09h00 to 16h30*
Saturday: 10h00 – 16h00*
Sunday: 10h00 – 15h00*