The Rust En Vrede estate has been producing wines for 315 years in Stellenbosch but it was only in the last 37 years that this family-owned winery has become known for its top-level Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot blends. This is one of the big names in South African wine: President Nelson Mandela served it at a Nobel Peace Prize dinner and whilst hosting the Queen of Denmark, and Rust En Vrede was nominated as the first South African red wine in the Top 100 Wines of the World, an achievement which was repeated for four consecutive years. Rust En Vrede maintains this high standard of quality today and continues to win awards for its wines. For 30 years Rust en Vrede has had only two appointed winemakers, Kevin Arnold and Louis Strydom. In 2007 Coenie Snyman was appointed winemaker for Rust en Vrede, albeit as part of a bigger team. The company and the estate are now headed up by Jean Engelbrecht.