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Blaauwklippen

R44, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
+27 21 880 0133
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Excellence all round

The wines were superb - our absolute favourite was the white Zifandel - excellent wine in my humble... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
lfrauenstein
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Sunday market and wine tasting

We have not been to the Sunday market in a year. It has really grown into something big and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pierrescuba
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Blaauwklippen Vineyards, the renowned Stellenbosch wine farm that celebrates its 333rd anniversary in 2015, has recently unveiled the transformation of its wine centre into a venue dedicated to sensory ecstasy, featuring a room for enjoying premium spirits, an exciting bistro, as well as revitalised wine and food experiences. Blaauwklippen - meaning blue stones - was named after the granite present in the surrounding mountains and soils. Its erosion over centuries has ensured mineral rich vineyards that allow for the production of exceptional wines and especially Zinfandel, for which Blaauwklippen is famous. Today, it is a well-known wine tourism destination for families and wine lovers who enjoy a great day out involving wine, food and the not to be missed popular weekly Sunday family market. The Tasting Room incorporates several features, all geared to provide insight, comfort and pure sensory enjoyment. In addition to Blaauwklippen's award winning brandies, the Spirits Room features a selection of premium potstill brandies by South African producers, creating the first brandy hub on a wine estate in South Africa all available for tasting and sale, and hosted by specially trained staff. A selection of cigars can be enjoyed on the Oak Terrace outside, along with a brandy tasting. The full range of Gentleman Spirits - a range of artisanal distilled products made by Urs Gmur, master distiller Hubertus Vallendar and Rolf Zeitvogel, will be available too. This is the ideal space to try a Zinfandel Grappa with a delicious espresso. Blaauwklippen's reputation for fine food is further bolstered in a new wine and food offering. Not to be missed is the Wine & Chocolate Experience where visitors can savour amongst others a delicious coriander whirl paired with the farm's famous White Zinfandel, or a melt-in-the-mouth coffee-and-ginger dark coffee bean paired with noble late harvest Zinfandel. The spirits too get a showing; try the warm spice orange box chocolate paired with a 10-year-old potstill brandy or a hot chilli oval chocolate with Blaauwklippen's well-known Before and After Aperitif. At R80pp, the value is outstanding. If it's something more substantial you're after, then the new wine & food pairing adventure is for you. For only R150pp, you'll be able to enjoy five sumptuous bite sized nibbles accompanied by five Blaauwklippen wines, meticulously paired to showcase their best flavour and aromatic attributes. The Bistro is the culinary playground of charcutier Steve Jeffery of Cape Town's famed the charcuterie, who brings his fresh and easy approach to food. He supports the principles of free range, hormone free, pasture-fed and ethically farmed animals cured in the classic timeless fashion. Here you will find the finest ingredients, prepared with passion and served with love - an unparalleled culinary experience. The Bistro offers a selection of platters available daily and a classical bistro home-cooked style menu in the evenings. While parents enjoy their meal in a tranquil setting, there's a jungle gym for the children to enjoy. Picnics are also on offer. Adults are further catered for in the Piazza, a beautifully manicured courtyard adjoining the cellar where informal wine tastings will be held. It's also the ideal space for private celebrations and is therefore available for hire. A sure highlight for oenophiles is Blaauwklippen's vinoteque. This comprises a carefully selected wine archive dating back to 1978. But it's not only for observing - no less than 33 vintages of wine are available for purchase, making this the premier destination for that very special gift. Tastefully decorated, the vinoteque can also be booked for private tastings or intimate get-togethers. For the nominal fee of R20pp, visitors can visit the Blaauwklippen cellar as part of regular, guided tours every day at 11:00 and 14:00. Booking should be made in advance. Other interests are still to be catered for at Blaauwklippen. Visitors can shop and buy a wide range of products, from home ware to Riedel glassware and books to gifts. There's a complimentary gift-wrap service too. If you have a keen interest in art, visit Blaauwklippen's very own artist-in-residence Marius Prinsloo as he creates bright and beautiful paintings before your very eyes. He also ensures a wide selection of works, by various South African artists, are on display in the Tasting Room and available for sale. The farm will also pack purchased artwork for travel. And, before you head home, be sure to pick up some fine deli cheese, charcuterie and preserves - the ideal accompaniment to any one of Blaauwklippen's superb wines.
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“family market” (9 reviews)
“food stalls” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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R44, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The wines were superb - our absolute favourite was the white Zifandel - excellent wine in my humble opinion. We've ordered platters to nibble on while enjoying the surroundings and cooling off under the age old oaks. It was absolutely fantastic! Also seeing the little...More

Thank lfrauenstein
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have not been to the Sunday market in a year. It has really grown into something big and amazing Great variety of food and drinks . Nice for an Sunday day out You can’t take your own food and drink but lovely green lawns...More

Thank Pierrescuba
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a picknick on Sunday at the market. The food are top quality and priced reasonably well. One major problem however is how do you choose what to eat with the spread provided. Overall a great day

Thank Leon F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We come from wine country in California & this was a fabulous experience! The wine tasting was outstanding & the ambience can not be beat. They have very reasonably priced wines in a first class environment. They also have a great shop for wine &...More

Thank Carole P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our visit to this winery was on a Sunday and that presented an amazing insight into the relaxed and family oriented life of South Africans. We enjoyed an amazing charcouteri platter to complement our wine tasting. We then walked around the park like setting and...More

Thank Julie Z
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Visit this amazing market , sit under the trees sipping a cocktail and eating one of the many scrumpteous snacks or dishes , listening to live music while children are playing with the farm animals.

Thank Milly-may V
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The property is beautiful and the history or story behind the estate is absolutely amazing. The Cellar tour is very informative, and great. The Gin tasting is out of this world, I would recommend it to everyone over the age of 18 to go and...More

Thank Nicole R
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We visited the Sunday market for awesome food including artesinal cheeses and sausages. The went for a spirit tasting which was an awesome way to spend the afternoon. Great gin varieties.

Thank Ingrid M
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We took a few visitors from abroad. the service was average- they rushed through the tasting. The Springbok curry was surprisingly delicious. Suggest sitting outside if it's a warm and bright day.

Thank Aarti S
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We cost the Sunday market at least once a month. We get their early and enjoy the relative quiet while enjoying some epic foods and interesting market wares. The variety of food vendors is astounding and we can't.losiblymleave without grabbing pancakes for my Girls and...More

Thank Nick C
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