Nico van der Merwe Wines

We are a family owned and operated boutique winery crafting quality wines
in Stellenbosch, the heart of the Cape Winelands, since 1999.

Nico’s philosophy is focused on creating high quality wines using traditional, hands-on methods that result in a reflection of the true character and terroir of the Cape.

How it all started

Nico’s journey began on South Africa’s West Coast, where he grew up and worked on the family farm from an early age. Wanting to eventually become a farmer too he attended Landbouskool Boland and thereafter decided to train in winemaking at Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch. He soon gained his first experience as assistant winemaker at cellars in Tulbagh and Stellenbosch.

In the mid-1980’s he decided to pack his belongings and head to Germany, to learn, explore, experience and widen his horizons beyond South Africa. There he studied at LVWO Weinsberg, the country’s oldest wine school. It was also during this time Nico would meet his future wife Petra, who practised as a medical doctor in a nearby town at the time.

Upon their return to South Africa, Nico went on to consistently produce award-winning wines in Stellenbosch. His accolades since include:

  • Champion wine (General Smuts trophy) at the SA Young Wine Show.
  • First South African winemaker to be awarded 6 double-gold medals at the Veritas awards.
  • Best in class and the Winiarsky Trophy for Cabernet Sauvignon at the IWSC in London

From 1997 to 2003 Nico managed 2 harvests each year, one in Stellenbosch and the other in the South of France in the Languedoc. During the family’s time spent in France they not only discovered a new culture and way of living, but a dream of creating their own wines also started to manifest itself. This dream finally came to fruition with the maiden vintage of Mas Nicolas in 1999.

How we create our wines

Nico’s combination of local and international experience spanning close to 3 decades in the growing and selection of fine wines enables him to source the finest vineyards in the Western Cape. Most of these vineyards are low-yielding and non-irrigated, with grapes being hand-picked.

In the cellar, Nico believes in minimal intervention during each step of the process. All wines are vinified in a very personal and careful way using traditional and hands-on methods. Our red wines ferment in open tanks with pumping over and extended skin contact thereafter. Our white wines are handled as reductively as possible and fermented mostly in stainless steel tanks, with a small portion undergoing barrel fermentation.

We exclusively use French oak barrels for maturation and most wines undergo an extended period of bottle ageing before being released to the trade. Total production per year rarely exceeds 60 tons / 4.000 cases.

Explore Our Wines

Stellenbosch Cabernet

Vinified in a very personal and traditional way, this Cabernet Sauvignon was matured to perfection in French oak and showcases the best the Cape has to offer. Only 600 bottles produced.

Mas Nicolas Cape

This gentle giant is a blend of some of our finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, matured in 100% French oak barrels for 16 months.

Nicolas van der Merwe Syrah

Carefully crafted to mature for many years in the bottle, this Syrah from old and low-yielding vineyards displays intense black fruit and pepper. Matured for 16 months in French oak barrels.

Nicolas van der Merwe Red Blend

Elegant Bordeaux-style blend of hand selected Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Matured in French oak for 18 months.

Nicolas van der Merwe Chenin Blanc

Partly barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc that exhibits aromas of honeysuckle and subtle tropical fruit.

Nicolas van der Merwe White Blend

Partly barrel-fermented Bordeaux-style blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, crafted to mature for years.

Harvested on cool mornings between 5 and 9 to preserve optimum cultivar flavours, this is a fresh and fruity wine with a long, intense finish.

Nicolas van der Merwe MCC Brut

Hand crafted Méthode Cap Classique with an enticing and seductive creamy sparkle.

Cape Elements

Fresh, juicy and bright Southern Rhône-style blend of Shiraz and Grenache

Robert Alexander Merlot

A serious yet friendly and easy drinking Merlot.

Robert Alexander Shiraz

A serious yet friendly and easy drinking Shiraz.


You can find our wines at selected agents below


Siris Vintners


House of Wines


Birr und Partner


Wine at Heart


Due’s Vinhus


Spronks Creations


Reach out to us

Get in touch with us if you have any queries and we will get back to you as soon as possible.






Nico van der Merwe Wines,
Polkadraai Road,
Stellenbosch – 7600

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