The Estate

History

Our Neethlingshof philosophy is guided by the respect we have and give to our natural flora and fauna and to extend this through every aspect of our wine and farm. If you respect your surroundings, your earth, you will garner the respect of all that believe in your way of living and being.

Over 3 Centuries of History at the Neethlingshof Wine Estate

The Neethlingshof farm was initially called De Wolvendans (The Dance of Wolves) before it was acquired in 1788 by Charles Marais and his eighteen-year old wife, Maria, who immediately began extending the vineyards and building a cellar to make their own wine. Maria, subsequently was widowed not long after getting married hence why when her daughter married Johannes Henoch Neethling in 1828, he became joint owner of the farm and the name was changed to Neethlingshof. Always dressed to the nines, Johannes loved the good life and immersed himself in the community activities of Stellenbosch, earning himself the nickname, “Lord Neethling”.

Maria Marais:

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.

Our Famous Avenue in the Stellenbosch Winelands

The famous kilometer-long avenue of stone pines that leads to the gabled homestead is an iconic feature of the Neethlingshof Wine Estate and the central motif of our wine labels.