It was Maria, a woman of amazing drive and vision for her time, who put the finishing touches to the decorations on the manor’s gable after her husband’s death. The homestead, is a beautifully preserved example of Cape Dutch architecture and today houses The Restaurant@ Neethlingshof. Maria extended the vineyards to 80 000 vines and took on the winemaking responsibility to become one of the first female winemakers of the then young colony.
With her newfound wealth she added a 200 ha to the 197 ha she owned, running the whole farming operation with only the help of her two teenage sons and a daughter. Even after selling the property to her son and son-in-law, Johannes Henoch (“Lord”) Neethling, Maria stayed actively involved in the farming operations until her death in 1839 at the age of 68, deeply loved by her children for whom she had sacrificed everything. She remains an indelible personality in our estate’s history and her intuitive spirit has been a source of inspiration to the present day. Our Maria Noble Late Harvest from the Short Story Collection is an ode to this incredibly brave woman.