Van Ryn's Distillery

Van Ryn's Distillery, Stellenbosch: Address, Phone Number, Van Ryn's Distillery Reviews: 4.5/5

Van Ryn's Distillery
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Experience the atmosphere and stature of the Van Ryn's Brandy Distillery where the tour of the distillery includes a demonstration of the art of coopering, a whiff of the Angle's share in the maturation cellar, followed by the guest's choice of vintage brandy tastings. The choice of tastings include an option of a brandy, coffee and chocolate tasting or a brandy and florentine tasting. The distillery is also a popular venue for private functions and conferences.
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Best brandy in the world, by far.
Great service and personal experience!
May 2021 • Friends
History and tasting of their brandy was world class.
Great venue to hold any function.
Staff very friendly and helpful!
Written 16 May 2021
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Japhta Makwena
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Excellent
Feb 2021 • Friends
It was a great experience. Thank you to Theresa, Mickaella an Kelly. We enjoyed it. Was a moment of our lives. ❤️❤️❤️
Written 27 February 2021
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Nico
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Poor management
Dec 2020 • Couples
Van Ryn have some of the greatest brandy and a visit to them was alwayse a good experience. What is very dissapointing is that a well known supposed to be professional company like Van Ryn cannot update their web site to reflect correct business hours. We all plan our days to make the most of it but then you arrive at Van Ryns to find out they are now closed on Mondays and not open as advertised on their website. This to me is unprofessional and poor business management.
Written 21 December 2020
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TheBajanQueen
Wilmington, DE182 contributions
Great Place to Enjoy Brandy
Jan 2020
We have visited here before...and each time we enjoy the ambience (with the leather chairs and large pot still) and the brandy. We did the brandy and chocolate tasting with included three brandies (10. 15 and 20 year old) paired with three chocolates. We loved the 15 year old the best. We were treated to a sample of the 30 year old. Definitely very good...but perhaps just a bit beyond what we were willing to spend.
Written 9 March 2020
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Bev H
Victoria, Canada24 contributions
Lovely Experience — Knowledgeable Staff
Jan 2020
Well, it was a bit interesting for us arriving at Van Ryan’s. We were coming from Waterford a wine Estates and the usual direct route was closed for repairs, so the rental vehicle actually took us “the back way” through an actual vineyard & we approached the Van Ryn Fistillery from behind. Some of our part were against; some were over the moon pleased, we had found our destination. It did not disappoint. It is beautiful inside — everything you would want a brandy distillery to offer & more. Old world charm; ambience; respect for the craft; good choices of sampling; knowledgeable staff. We also were impressed that they allowed guests to experience the art of lounging that is needed to sample brandy and that there was never any presssure to move on or to purchase other than what one desired.
Written 27 January 2020
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Dear 28bevh I am so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. Even more because your group had mixed opinions as to visit us in the first place. Next time you visit, I am sure you would enjoy the Distillery tour as well. On the tour, our resident cooper demonstrates how barrels were once made. See you next time. Regards
Written 29 January 2020
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Dezire
Stellenbosch, South Africa558 contributions
Top of the to do list
Dec 2019 • Family
We were greeted at the door with a welcoming drink which set the tone for a great experience. Do not miss out on the tour, it does add a lot to the experience. The Cooper in action just fasinating. Between the 5 of us we did 3 different tastings. I found the one with the truffles to be the best. The chocolate just breaks the harshness of the alcohol. R115 included the tasting and the tour which I think is a good price - set aside at least 90 minutes. Non-alcoholic and a kiddies tasting makes it easy for everybody.
Written 21 December 2019
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Dear Deztination Thank you for your lovely review and for reminding me about how special our experiences are. I look forward to inviting you and your friends and family back soon. Regards Fre-Nay
Written 23 December 2019
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lubger
New York City, NY396 contributions
An absolute "must" visit for the spirit-minded
Nov 2019
Visited this distillery as part of our winery tour outside Cape Town. A wonderful place making wonderful brandy. Make sure to buy the tour that comes with the tasting: lots of interesting facts, fun time. The main hall is so elegantly peaceful you can literally spend hours relaxing over a chat with your companions with a glass of brandy in your hand. The grounds are also beautiful.
Written 17 November 2019
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Hein
Bloemfontein, South Africa45 contributions
Something different
Sep 2019
The construction mentioned by others must be done, since the venue was looking great. We also got some chocolates to compliment the brandy we were tasting.
It is something different to do and recommended. Friendly service.
Written 4 October 2019
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Dear hlambrec I am very glad that you enjoyed your experience. When next you are in the area, I hope you will have the time to do our Distillery tour as well. Best Regards Fre-Nay
Written 7 October 2019
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Sean M
Kloof, South Africa15 contributions
Shameful... Embarrassing... Sad
Jul 2019 • Friends
Apparently they have been having renovations done for the last 3 months...no excuse. Dust everywhere, bad service, noisy, over priced...can't say more without swearing. You know if you walk out of a place and you feel guilty not warning guests wanting to enter it...thats how this felt. I felt embarrassed as an South African that we allow places like these to receive our international visitors. Management must be held responsible.
Written 9 August 2019
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Dear 164seanm I sincerely apologise for the experience you had while visiting us. I can assure you that it is not the standard we attempt to uphold. Warm Regards
Written 12 August 2019
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Genna Cummings
Johannesburg, South Africa111 contributions
STAY AWAY until construction is over
Jul 2019 • Couples
They are currently busy with construction/ installation of bottling facility. Instead of closing it temporarily, they are welcoming guests with dust. Dust all over the place with furniture uncovered (except with dust), floor covered with dust. The host took us to the supposedly least dusty room which was still full of dust and looked for the least dusty table without even bothering to wipe it down before seating us for the tasting. She was as unenthusiastic as the place was dusty. I would also be in that environment. She quickly told my husband the different ages of the brandy and its color and gave him the chocolates to pair then ran off. I assume to get some fresh air. I would have just ran away from shame.
Written 24 July 2019
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Dear gennacummings My sincere apologies for the experience you and your husband had while visiting us. Due to both the dusty environment you were in and the quality of hospitality you experienced. Unfortunately, the construction process has had some consequences we wish could have been avoided. I can assure you that our clean-up operation has started in earnest and that the negative impact on the guest experience has been minimised as far as possible. I regret that your experience was not on par with your expectations of Van Ryn's and I do hope that this does not stop you from visiting us again. Best Regards Fre-Nay
Written 25 July 2019
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