The Family

It was in South Africa in 1840 that Willem Petrus van der Merwe, forefather of Schalk and Pierre, laid down family roots in the fertile soils of the Breëde River Valley. Since then, this ancient flood plain has been the home of the Merwida Vineyards and generations of the van der Merwe family.

The family originated from the region of Dordrecht in the Netherlands, where their ancestors owned a castle next to the Merwede River. Today, the family lives next to a river remarkably similar to that on their ancestral grounds. The blue band on the bottle capsule symbolizes the river, while the front label recalls the ancestral crest.

From day one, the van der Merwe’s gained a reputation for their achievements. Their adventurous, passionate pursuits resulted in two generations of rugby Springboks. Their trophies, however, were not restricted to the playing fields.

From hunting to winemaking, the van der Merwe’s always set the highest standards and embraced exciting challenges.

Like their wines – the family have always been known for their generosity. Not surprisingly, their charming homesteads often play host to large family gatherings and gracious social events.