Waterford Estate
Waterford Estate
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Waterford Estate is situated in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley in Stellenbosch, with vineyards planted on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The Helderberg Mountain range is the closet range to the ocean, this has a significant influence on our wines. The cooling effect of the ocean brings freshness and the warmth of Stellenbosch adds richness to our wines. The Estate’s building visually impacts on a seamless whole, which complements the surrounding natural beauty of the farm. The Waterford Estate winery offers a relaxing setting (voted the Best Cellar Door Experience in 2021 by Tim Atkin) where guests can sit and enjoy various tasting options as well as a delicious meal at SALT Restaurant. With the wine cellar built surrounding the courtyard, guests can observe the workings of the winery, and get a true feel for the wine making process with disrupting the tranquillity of their tasting experience.
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  • Thecatsmum4
    Kettering, United Kingdom2,234 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chocolate Wine Pairing
    The estate has an impressive entrance with a long drive, they did provide a lift to those who felt they could not walk the whole way, however, the safari type vehicle was not ideal for them to access. One lady had real problems climbing off at the end. We were booked as a tour group on the chocolate and wine pairing. This was explained prior to each tasting. It was Ok but nothing out of the ordinary that we hadn't experienced before. The courtyard was a nice area to sit and eat, and seemed quite busy, however, we didn't eat here as we were booked in elsewhere.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 April 2023
  • Taylor. Ali
    Cape Town, South Africa223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wine Safari fun
    lunch at the Salt restaurant was OK. Service amazing but the food not very inspiring for a vegetarian. The meat eaters were happy! With overseas friends and went on a wine tasters safari which again our waiter/driver etc was lovely, knowledgeable and very helpful. Made the wine tasting a different experience along with the tour of the cellar. Fun times
    Good day, Thank you for your review. We appreciate your comment for the vegetarian dish, and we shall discuss it with the SALT Chefs. I am delighted to hear that you have enjoyed the wine drive experience. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind Regards, Werner Els
    Written 24 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 23 May 2023
  • TravelDispatch
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,441 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic wine, snacks, and experience!
    We stopped by for a tasting and snacks along our way from Cape Town to Gansbaai. We each had the reserve tasting which included a 2018, 2013, and 2008 Shiraz and Cab (n=6), as well as their signature wine “The Jem.” Everything was excellent (they were all winners), but I was partial to the 2008 Shiraz and Cab tastings. The Jem was great, but I don’t think $100 a bottle is warranted. We also had two of the Handcrafted Platters; I was a big fan of the chicken liver pate and the goat cheese was a highlight for me. Xander was great, and even though we spent a bit more time than we had originally planned (-2.5hours) due to the leisurely pace of service, we still had a great time and no complaints.
    Good day, Thank you for your review. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed our Reserve Tasting Experience and platters. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to Xander. We hope to see you again soon. With Kind Regards, Werner Els
    Written 10 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 June 2023
  • minettestofberg
    Somerset West, South Africa2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience!!
    Had a wonderful experience at Waterford Wine Estate. The wines were incredible, and the food was amazing. Our server, Megan, was a breath of fresh air, with such knowledge of the wines. Will definitely be back. Many thanks, Pauline & Minette
    Dear Pauline and Minette, Thank you very much for you wonderful review. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tasting and lunch with us. I'll be sure to send on your kind words to Megan. We hope to see you again soon. With Kind Regards, Werner Els Waterford Estate
    Written 13 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Hannahdrew86
    Cape Town, South Africa2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    No porcupines, but the Porcupine Walk was still a great experience
    My husband and I were gifted a voucher for the Porcupine Walking experience which we booked in with Damien (hope that's spelt correctly). It was such as great experience and Damien was a great host - very friendly, knowledgeable about the beautiful estate, and Waterford wines. He was great company and provided excellent service from start to finish. Our only piece of constructive feedback is that the light lunch could have been a bit more substantial, especially given the generous number of wines on offer to try. It was however very tasty! We'd definitely recommend this experience to others, so thanks again Damien for a lovely day.
    Hello Hannah. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience of the Porcupine Trail Walk, especially with Damien as your host. We're delighted to hear that you had a great time exploring the beautiful estate and enjoying our wines. Your kind words about Damien's friendliness, knowledge, and excellent service have truly warmed our hearts. We'll be sure to pass along your compliments to him, and we're grateful for your recognition of his efforts in making your day special. We appreciate your constructive feedback regarding the light lunch, and we'll certainly take it into consideration to enhance the overall experience for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future for more delightful moments.
    Written 5 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Gerome
    Canton of Geneva, Switzerland12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful wine walk
    We had a wonderful time during our Porcupine Trail Wine Walk. Our guide Ruan was fantastic, so friendly and knowledgeable, we really appreciated how well he looked after our small group. The estate is beautiful and the wines we tasted were delicious. We especially enjoyed the first part of the tasting in the forest and being able to walk back to the estate whilst enjoying an extra glass of wine, that was a nice touch. Thank you for a great afternoon.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 January 2024
  • World Wanderer
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best wine tasting experience
    The wine tasting was the best experience we had so far on our trip - and we have been on six different wine estates so far. The student who was attending us (we forgot his name, but remember he was studying finance) knew everything about the grapes, the production and the taste. We were impressed by his knowledge and enthusiasm. We also had lunch at Waterford and it was delicious.
    Hello World Wanderer Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience with us! We are thrilled to hear that your wine tasting at our estate stood out as the best on your trip, especially considering you've visited six different wine estates. We're delighted that the student assisting you left a lasting impression, our guest experience is something we focus on and we train our team to know wine inside and out! We appreciate your kind words and look forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional wine tasting experience in the future.
    Written 13 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Flyer53127480641
    Stellenbosch, South Africa3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Divergence into the golden triangle
    As I anticipated, the atmosphere was unique yet fulfilling. For the quad and fountain at the centre, the place reminds me of my high school'Allan Wilson Boys'. It was a very windy day, but the chocolate and wine pairing made the day digestible. What particularly outstood me was Carla, my wine advisor, and Cab Sav 18'. The combo of these 2 plus her story of James Bond made me giggle a bit. I would recommend this place.
    Good day, Flyer. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at our tasting experience! We are delighted to hear that you found the atmosphere unique, and it warms our hearts to know that the quad and fountain at the center brought back fond memories of your high school. We're glad Carla made a lasting impression on you, we will be sure to pass on the compliment to her. It's fantastic that the combination of Cab Sav 18' and her James Bond story brought some joy and laughter to your visit. We look forward to hosting you again soon.
    Written 13 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 January 2024
  • jeanne f
    Winchester, Virginia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful wine estate with a personable and interesting wine tasting.
    Waterford is a beautiful estate, very elegant yet comfortable . Right from the start , we loved the rows of lime trees in the parking lot, where you could park under their shade. We didn’t eat in the restaurant , but we did have our best wine tasting experience here, in the large shaded courtyard. Joni was perfect in her presentation and information , and she gave us just the right time in between wines , a very relaxing pace. Most of all , Joni was very personable , and chatted with us and came across as genuine and very friendly , and knowledgeable about things to do in the area. She made the wine tasting a memorable experience.
    Dear Jaenne We're delighted that your wine-tasting experience with us exceeded your expectations! It's fantastic to hear that Joni made your visit memorable with her perfect presentation, thoughtful pacing, and personable demeanor. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to Joni, as she will be thrilled to know that she helped to enhance your experience. We look forward to hosting you again for another incredible experience!
    Written 13 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 February 2024
  • WallyHolland
    Voorburg, The Netherlands448 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous lunch and wine tasting; sustainability can be improved
    We visited this estate because my wife drank earlier in the week the Waterford Chardonnay that she really liked. The lunch reservation we booked in advance (recommended). The restaurant and tasting area is really in a very nice serene environment. The service is excellent as well as the food. We did the 6 different types of wine tasting + the flagship wine “The Jem”. Not all wines are to our liking but overall very well made. We really enjoyed our afternoon here; it is very recommendable. Few words of criticism: is it really necessary to offer imported salt from Hawaii? (Sure, the restaurant is called “Salt” but you probably know what I mean) and does South Africa not have an alternative to the still water imported from Italy? Please keep it local!
    Good day Wally Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us at the estate. We are thrilled to hear that you and your wife enjoyed the serene environment, excellent service, and the menu during your visit. Your constructive criticism is also valuable to us, and we take it seriously. The SALT chefs have a huge collection of salt from all corners of the globe bringing different cultures, beliefs, and flavours into their cuisine. A salt that they make the most use of is the Baleni Salt, a local salt crafted by a tribe in the region of Limpopo, this is a sacred salt and holds a large traditional belief for the people who craft it. Without your feedback, we wouldn't know where we can improve and for the constructive criticism, we thank you. Thank you again for choosing to spend your afternoon with us, and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back in the future.
    Written 13 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
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Andy1w
England63 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was the 15th winery I visited this trip, and the first to ask if I had a booking for a tasting (no - very few non-tour visitors do). It was a midweek afternoon (so not crazily busy) and a very hot day even for here. All their tables in shade were booked for their regular tour customers but there were quite a number in full sun which were (of course) free. Some could easily have been moved into the shade (umbrellas work too..) but nobody could apparently be bothered. If they lose a few freelance visitors the staff get an easier life. Avoid this place and go to one of the (very many) wineries with a proper attitude to all potential customers (try Kleine Zalze, or Morgenster, or Delheim or Webersburg ...)
Written 21 February 2024
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Karen Dennis
Edinburgh, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Gorgeous setting, we enjoyed a beautiful lunch in salt followed by a tasting of 3 whites & 3 reds during our honeymoon. I can’t remember her name unfortunately but our waitress was fabulous. Great atmosphere. Recommended!!
Written 13 February 2024
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Good day. Thank you for taking the time to give us such a thoughtful review. We love to hear that one of our staff members made the experience so memorable for you! We pride ourselves on exceptional customer experience and to hear that the team's hard work is leaving that impression on our guests is music to our ears. Thank you for choosing to spend your time with us, and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back in the future.
Written 14 February 2024
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WallyHolland
Voorburg, The Netherlands448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited this estate because my wife drank earlier in the week the Waterford Chardonnay that she really liked. The lunch reservation we booked in advance (recommended).

The restaurant and tasting area is really in a very nice serene environment. The service is excellent as well as the food. We did the 6 different types of wine tasting + the flagship wine “The Jem”. Not all wines are to our liking but overall very well made.

We really enjoyed our afternoon here; it is very recommendable.

Few words of criticism: is it really necessary to offer imported salt from Hawaii? (Sure, the restaurant is called “Salt” but you probably know what I mean) and does South Africa not have an alternative to the still water imported from Italy? Please keep it local!
Written 11 February 2024
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Good day Wally Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us at the estate. We are thrilled to hear that you and your wife enjoyed the serene environment, excellent service, and the menu during your visit. Your constructive criticism is also valuable to us, and we take it seriously. The SALT chefs have a huge collection of salt from all corners of the globe bringing different cultures, beliefs, and flavours into their cuisine. A salt that they make the most use of is the Baleni Salt, a local salt crafted by a tribe in the region of Limpopo, this is a sacred salt and holds a large traditional belief for the people who craft it. Without your feedback, we wouldn't know where we can improve and for the constructive criticism, we thank you. Thank you again for choosing to spend your afternoon with us, and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back in the future.
Written 14 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

jeanne f
Winchester, VA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Waterford is a beautiful estate, very elegant yet comfortable . Right from the start , we loved the rows of lime trees in the parking lot, where you could park under their shade.
We didn’t eat in the restaurant , but we did have our best wine tasting experience here, in the large shaded courtyard. Joni was perfect in her presentation and information , and she gave us just the right time in between wines , a very relaxing pace. Most of all , Joni was very personable , and chatted with us and came across as genuine and very friendly , and knowledgeable about things to do in the area. She made the wine tasting a memorable experience.
Written 9 February 2024
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Dear Jaenne We're delighted that your wine-tasting experience with us exceeded your expectations! It's fantastic to hear that Joni made your visit memorable with her perfect presentation, thoughtful pacing, and personable demeanor. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to Joni, as she will be thrilled to know that she helped to enhance your experience. We look forward to hosting you again for another incredible experience!
Written 14 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Flyer53127480641
Stellenbosch, South Africa3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
As I anticipated, the atmosphere was unique yet fulfilling. For the quad and fountain at the centre, the place reminds me of my high school'Allan Wilson Boys'. It was a very windy day, but the chocolate and wine pairing made the day digestible.
What particularly outstood me was Carla, my wine advisor, and Cab Sav 18'. The combo of these 2 plus her story of James Bond made me giggle a bit.

I would recommend this place.
Written 16 January 2024
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Good day, Flyer. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at our tasting experience! We are delighted to hear that you found the atmosphere unique, and it warms our hearts to know that the quad and fountain at the center brought back fond memories of your high school. We're glad Carla made a lasting impression on you, we will be sure to pass on the compliment to her. It's fantastic that the combination of Cab Sav 18' and her James Bond story brought some joy and laughter to your visit. We look forward to hosting you again soon.
Written 14 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

World Wanderer
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The wine tasting was the best experience we had so far on our trip - and we have been on six different wine estates so far. The student who was attending us (we forgot his name, but remember he was studying finance) knew everything about the grapes, the production and the taste. We were impressed by his knowledge and enthusiasm. We also had lunch at Waterford and it was delicious.
Written 7 January 2024
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Hello World Wanderer Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience with us! We are thrilled to hear that your wine tasting at our estate stood out as the best on your trip, especially considering you've visited six different wine estates. We're delighted that the student assisting you left a lasting impression, our guest experience is something we focus on and we train our team to know wine inside and out! We appreciate your kind words and look forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional wine tasting experience in the future.
Written 14 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

johnlR4875CZ
Kent, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Sublime experience that I would wholeheartedly recommend to those who love wine and food. For me it was a perfect holiday experience and it surpassed my expectations.
Written 6 January 2024
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Good Day, John. Thank you for taking the time to give us such a thoughtful review, and for saying that we gave you the perfect holiday experience! We look forward to hosting you again soon for another amazing experience!
Written 14 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Gerome
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We had a wonderful time during our Porcupine Trail Wine Walk. Our guide Ruan was fantastic, so friendly and knowledgeable, we really appreciated how well he looked after our small group. The estate is beautiful and the wines we tasted were delicious. We especially enjoyed the first part of the tasting in the forest and being able to walk back to the estate whilst enjoying an extra glass of wine, that was a nice touch. Thank you for a great afternoon.
Written 2 January 2024
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Brit B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We have been there many times and have never been treated as unfriendly as today by the manager on site. She was not only inflexible, but also cheeky. Yes, we were a group of 13 people, but we made no claim to sit together at the same table. Her choice for us was a table in the blazing sun and the service seemed to have problems finding our table. Poor management - that's all I can say and I won't be visiting this place again.
Written 28 December 2023
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GDE12345678
Beaconsfield, UK116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Had lunch at Salt. Setting spectacular in the quad Service attentive and knowledgeable. The menu is simple but exciting. The wine excellent. The food of a very high standard A bit pricy but the whole experience makes it worthwhile.
Written 26 December 2023
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Good day. We would like to thank you for giving us such a thoughtful review. We love to hear that our staff were attentive and knowledgeable, it is a hallmark of the Waterford Estate experience. We look forward to hosting you again soon.
Written 14 February 2024
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