The winery is located on Simonsberg in the South African wine-growing district Paarl, The story 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 the governor settled Simon van der Stel (1639-1712) Huguenots in the Bergen River Valleys (part of the Drakenstein area). The Marais family was among them. Charles Marais named his estate after his French birthplace, over time it became "Plaisir de Merle". His grandson Pieter Marais made his first contribution to viticulture. After several changes of ownership, the winery finally became the property of Stellenbosch Farmer's Winery (SFW). Until 1993, however, it was only a grape supplier for the SFW winery Nederburg,
At the beginning of the 1990s, a 25-year program was started on Plaisir de Merle with the goal set by cellar master Niel Bester, within this period to become the leading winery South Africa to become. A new basement controlled by a computer system was opened for this. Paul Pontallier, the director of the famous Chateau Margaux, The entire property comprises 380 hectares on the southeastern foothills of the Simonsberg between 250 and 450 meters above sea level. You are with the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay. Merlot. Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz planted. Only around a quarter of the best grapes selected by hand are used for the Plaisir de Merle label. The rest goes to Nederburg. The flagship of the house is an im Bordeaux style Red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller portions of Merlot and Shiraz), the 12 months in French barriques matures. Around 400,000 bottles of wine are produced annually.