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Van Ryn's Distillery

Van Ryn Road, Stellenbosch 7604, South Africa
+27 21 881 3875
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Ranked #29 of 108 Activities in Stellenbosch
Type: Breweries, Food & Drink
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Owner description: 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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Hillcrest, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Very interesting but the brandy was very expensive for someone who is not a connoseur or collector. We attended the brandy tasting only as had arrived a tad late for the tour of the place. Each couple are attended to by their own advisor who explains how to taste the brandy. This part was very interesting.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is the second time we went because the first time was an enjoyable experience and we wanted to share this with some foreign visitors. We arrived at 15:20, before the last tasting at 15:30 and were rudely informed by the hostess that we arrived at the last minute and she made it seem like she was doing us a... More

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Samantha S, General Manager at Van Ryn's Distillery, responded to this review

May we please offer our sincere apologies for the experience you had on Saturday at the Van Ryn’s Distillery. An experience like this is certainly not in line with what any guest at the Distillery should experience. We do appreciate the fact that you took the time to make us aware of the incident. If not, we would not be... More

Kalmar County, Sweden
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Take the tasting which is a really nice experience and totally worth it. The staff is great and you can also buy and take with you the nice products. Bring a driver if you want to drink and not risk anything.

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Cape Town, SA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We've been to Van Ryn's a couple of times with friends and every time it was a good day. The welcoming drinks are a nice touch, the tour of the cellars are interesting and I quite enjoyed the chocolate and coffee paired with the brandies

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Gold Coast
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Greeted with a brandy based liqueur on arrival the entire experience was fantastic. Paid 25 rand for a very interesting tour-well worth doing.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Brandy tasting was never on my to do list but as the opportunity was there we went for it and it was a great decision!! The welcoming cocktail was perfect and gave me a new combi should I be having brandy. We did a tour of the distillery and included in it was a demonstration on how to make a... More

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Ryde, Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We came here to taste some of their excellent brandy. The distillery tour was great, where they showed us amongst other things how they made their wine vats. But the tasting was the highlight. We sat in a great room on some leather chairs and felt like kings while they presented us with their 10, 12, 15 and 20 year... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
29 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

From the environs, to the smell, to the brandy; Van Ryn’s is a sensory delight. Everyone else on our wine tour decided to skip this destination and, boy, did they miss out! Indulge in the brandy, coffee & chocolate combo – it’s bliss; especially when taken in the deep armchairs and woody surrounds (Downton Abbey anyone?). Beware though(!), it packs... More

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Krugersdorp, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

I've been to Van Ryns a few times now and each time I am blown away by the setting, as you walk in you are transported back to the days when cognac was sipped in the cigar filled gentlemen's clubs of South Africa. In my head I see Cecil john Rhodes bent over a map of the diamond fields drinking... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

We arrived at 15:45 on saturday the web site indicated that they will be open untill 16:00 , the geberal staff was willing to assit but the lady behind the till was rude and unwilling to assist . According to her they close at 15:30 and they will not attend to any customer after .... . If you have travelled... More

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