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Hidden Gem

A small hidden gem of a wine estate in Stanford in the Whale capital of South Africa. The chenin... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2021
AndreasThieme
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Johannesburg, South Africa
BLOWN away

My first visit to EATS at Springfontein Wine Estate. It was a beautiful day so they had the lunch... read more

Reviewed 13 January 2020
Yollies
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SA
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

When you have the fun of being on a multi site winetasting tour with so many delicious wines put before you it takes something very special to bat you between the eyes as being so far and away better than anything else.This was such a place.

First the people...Dr Johst Weber gave the introductory talk and introduced us to Tariro Masayiti,the most enthusiastic and laid back winemaker I have ever met.Then came Hidegard Witbooli.who is the vineyard manager and whose laughter and enthusiasm linked with a total range and depth of background and level of experimentation with grafting to fashion totally new vine stock is mesmeric.Last (and we met him later) was master chef Jurgen Schneider.More to follow...

The vineyard tour by mini bus driven by Hildegard Witbooli and emphasised how huge the estate is in this rolling valley.The tour of the production plant byTariro Masayiti was a riot of laughter and solid fact followed by an exceptional lunch and fulsome tasting.which is worth repeating in full.

(1) Ulumbaza white 2016 and Chenin Blanc Terroir selection 2016-crustecean tartar and avocados.(2) Daredevils Ridge Single Vineyard Pinatage 2013-trout Mediterranean (3) Johanathans Ridge Single Vineyard Pinotage 2013-braised beef (4) Ikhalezi Chenin Blanc Noble Late harvest-cheese platter/sweet sashimi.

Guess you get a flavour of how totally mind blowing was the occasion.The food was top notch in the Michelin star range and chef was rewarded with a prolonged standing ovation.....The very best.No question.If you ever get the chance...make a visit a priority.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank mncrbest
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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Picturesque vineyard with amazing wines and knowledgeable guide taking us through the wines. Would highly recommend

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank GemmaS14
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

We had a previous meal at Spingfontein and enjoyed it, so we decided to stay over and have a meal at the restaurant.
The room was disappointing, not well cleaned with spider webs in the corners, a old bun in one cup and stale old water in the electric kettle.
The meal was a four-course meal without wine. The food, with extras from the cook, was tasty. For a Saturday night we were only five quests in the restaurant.
Something went wrong!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Andries D
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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the Fisherman's Cottage for two nights. Such a cute little cottage with a lot of charm. Nicely renovated inside with big fireplace in the bedroom, underfloor heating, heated towel rail and beautifully renovated bathroom. A short walk from Springfontein Eats where we enjoyed a lovely complimentary breakfast in the mornings. Do book a dinner with them during your stay. The service was great, even the resident cat, Sokkies, was a pleasure to meet! Great weekend getaway location if you're looking for some peace and quiet to relax, and watch a spectacular starry night sky. The surrounding Stanford village is filled with things to do and see. Lots of wine tasting opportunities! We'll be back!

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

How are we so lucky to have this amazing experience. Based on very little research we ended up at Springfontein for a tasting. Quickly we appreciated the fantastic wines. And we were treated to the best guide ever, who shared so much enthusiasm and curiosity for their creative approach to wine making. It was like time with your most inspiring college professor. A most humble guide, too, as it wasn't until the very end that we figured out that our host was Tariro, the winemaker himself. Tariro also provided suggestions that were the basis of several great days after we left Stanford.

We loved the casual cool modern/rustic environment. The bites we had after the tasting were perfect. Our server was attentive. We bought two bottles to go, Jonathon's Ridge and Gadda da Vida and are still debating which we liked best. Guess we'll have to come back for more to settle that!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank KatCu6
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