The beautiful Plaisir de Merle Wine Estate is situated at the foot of the Simonsberg Mountain between Paarl and Franschhoek. The wines produced here are inspired by the harmony of a rich history, the fertile soil and lush vineyards. Our quest in making exceptional wines would have found favour with Huguenot founder, Charles Marais.

Visit the Estate

The legacy of the Marais family and 400 year wine-making history continues to live on at the estate. Set amongst manicured lawns and ancient oak trees, Plaisir de Merle offers an exquisite setting for tastings, cellar tours, private functions and weddings.

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Buying and Tasting

Plaisir de Merle’s wines are known for their exceptional ageing potential, depth of flavour and complex character. You can purchase your wine when visiting the estate or from leading wine retailers, our international agents and online at Vinoteque.

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Facilities & Accommodation

The historic Manor House dates back to 1764 and opens up to a magnificent vista of the Simonsberg Mountains and cascading vineyards. Period furniture with modern touches and exquisite cuisine turns private functions, weddings and overnight stays into a grand affair.

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Plaisir de Merle’s classic, expressive wines are singular in their consistency. The red wines have intense colour with up-front fruit flavours, well-integrated oak and smooth tannins, whilst the white wines are well-balanced with a true varietal expression.
Made only in extraordinary years when the grapes yield a remarkable harvest, the limited edition range is made with greatness in mind. The wines are complex, multi-layer and destined for cellaring to enjoy in years to come.
The pinnacle of blends in the estates’ 400 years of winemaking tradition. The limited edition 2013 Charles Marais is a heady blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and winemaker Niel Bester says it’s the finest wine released in his 25 years as cellar master.

Award Winning Wines

plaisir de merle petit plaisir red blend

2015 Petit Plaisir
2018 Platter’s Wine Guide
4.5 stars

plaisir de merle cabernet sauvignon

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Time Atkin South African Report 92/100

plaisir de merle merlot

2015 Merlot
2018 Platter’s Wine Guide
4 stars

plaisir de merle grand brut

2014 Grand Brut
2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition Gold

Meet our winemaker

“The mystery of Plaisir de Merle, its history, old vines, the Simonsberg Mountain and the soil, is all in my blood. It’s certainly not a job. It’s who I am.” Niel Bester

The Terroir

Along the rolling foothills of the majestic Simonsberg Mountains our vineyards thrive. The diverse terroir creates an interchange in climatic conditions allowing for wet winters and moderate summers and together with the fertile soil, preserve the ideal conditions for growing memorable noble cultivars with structure, finesse and complexity.
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