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Plaisir de Merle

The winery is located on the Simonsberg in the South African wine-growing district of Paarl. The history goes back to 1678, when the French Huguenot Charles Marais emigrated from the small village of Le Plessis Marly to the Cape region. In 1688, Governor Simon van der Stel (1639-1712) settled Huguenots in the Bergen River Valleys (part of the Drakenstein area). Among them was the Marais family. Charles Marais named his estate after his French birthplace, in the course of time it became "Plaisir de Merle". His grandson Pieter Marais earned the first merits in viticulture. After several changes of ownership, the winery finally became the property of the Stellenbosch Farmer's Winery (SFW) in 1964. Until 1993, however, it was only a supplier of grapes to the Nederburg wine estate, which also belonged to the SFW.

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