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Blaauwklippen

R44, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
+27 21 880 0133
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Chocolate and wine pairing

The wine and chocolate pairing is delicious. The specially crafted and flavoured chocolates... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Helenehmh
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Adelaide, Australia
Relaxing Sunday venue with good vibe

Spent part of Sunday afternoon wandering around the Market stalls and sampling a delightful array... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Steffen K
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Pretoria, Gauteng, 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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R44, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The wine and chocolate pairing is delicious. The specially crafted and flavoured chocolates perfectly compliment the wine and brandy on offer. We enjoyed a comfortable and relaxed afternoon in front of the fire. The staff member was friendly and interesting. She discussed the individual wines...More

Thank Helenehmh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent part of Sunday afternoon wandering around the Market stalls and sampling a delightful array of home made foods. A good variety of nik-naks, clothes and collectibles are on sale. Wine tasting is enjoyable and you get 5 varieties for R75. The grounds are beautiful...More

Thank Steffen K
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

We visited the weekend market with a variety of food, all of it looking delicous and smelling great. Did brandy tasting and loved it. Beautiful gardens for a picnic, child friendly, great outing for family

Thank ellie856
Reviewed 3 June 2017

My first visit here after 20 years. What a disappointment. Oh yes, we now have the impressive entrance and paved parking area with all the trees in the correct place. One cannot deny that the stairway and the entrance to the cellar building and inside...More

Thank melron2014
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

Went to Sunday market. Entertainment for the chiLdren at a cost. Lots of stalls to wander around, some interesting food stalls.

Thank Kevin J
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Searched for something to do and this attraction came up. It was a lovely autumn day and the attraction was well supported. A couple craft stalls and lots of food stalls. There was a musician and the atmosphere was very festive. The nuts stand requires...More

Thank TravelFeetZA
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We went to the sunday market and had a wonderful time walking around all the stalls, and park. What a wonderful setting. We had a wine tasting with cheeses, meats, chutneys and salads and fresh bread. It has a wonderful atmosphere and the staff were...More

Thank spanishfoodie
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Blaauwklippen wine estate, established in the 1600s, is a producer of a wide range of top wines. This estate engages actively with the public and community. Sundays are market days with other activities (widely advertised on web pages and social media). They have an interactive...More

Thank maryann52za
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely time at the Blaauwklippen winery at the tasting room after attending the Sunday market. What a fun atmosphere. Great service and a lot of things to do. We wanted to grab a seat at the market but all the tables where...More

1  Thank Coincut
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We had a fun family outing to the Sunday market. There were a variety of stalls so everyone had something to keep them occupied. Bring a picnic blanket and come hungry, you can enjoy your market purchases on the sprawling lawns and drink in the...More

1  Thank LocalTourist_za
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