A Celebration of Muratie’s living heritage

The exterior of Muratie’s tasting room.
The interior of Muratie’s historic tasting room. Historic buildings, crumbling statues, ancient wine-making equipment, the rickety cob-webbed tasting room, age-old stained-glass windows, original tartaric-encrusted fermentation tanks, antique carpets, original art, relics, artefacts, and memorabilia all adorn a unique and magical environment honouring a bygone era.

Honouring Heritage Month and frequent requests, Rijk Melck, passionate custodian of Muratie and entertaining storyteller, is starting a dedicated “Stories With Rijk” event at Muratie, with the first event taking place on Monday September 25.

He will be hosting a wine tasting and sharing the estate’s rich, centuries-old heritage at a series of “History Talks and Tastings”, where you are invited to enjoy a fascinating celebration of Muratie’s living heritage and sip on Muratie’s icon wines, tasting history for yourself.

“Heritage is the golden thread that connects past, present and future”, says Rijk. The historic estate, established in 1685 in the beautiful Knorhoek Valley north of Stellenbosch, is one of the oldest farms in South Africa.

A white gabled memorial celebrating all the previous owners through the decades, greet you on arrival and set the scene for an enchanting experience.

“At Muratie it is more than our historical buildings and artefacts, and the famous residents immortalised by our wines. It is the stories of traditions and relationships that have endured through centuries, also values and a team culture that are actively nurtured as part of our living heritage.”

The event is from 11am to 1pm, and costs R495, which includes a wine tasting and a branded Muratie glass. Book at taste@muratie.co.za

Rijk will also be presenting “Stories With Rijk” at the Woordfees in Stellenbosch on Thursday October 12.