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Address: R44, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 880 0133
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Blaauwklippen Vineyards, the renowned Stellenbosch wine farm that...

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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Relaxed atmosphere

This has a very relaxed vibe. People were having picnics on the lawns. It is kid and dog friendly. Had a very good cheese board. If you looking for a chilled afternoon, this is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2016
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Freilassing, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Be booked only the cellartour and this was lovely. We were the only two, but the guiding lady took a lot of time fot us.it was a friendly visit full of information.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A friend told me about this estate and suggested that we have lunch there. Upon arrival I was told in an incredibly hostile manner that I used the 'exit' gate as opposed to the entrance one. They wanted me to turn around, drive about 300m around a bunch of trees and use the 'entrance' gate that is literally three meters... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For anyone who has teenagers and young kids, this is the perfect family afternoon getaway. Close to Cape Town, Somerset West and Stellenbosch. Lots of stalls to browse and entertain. You will also find many food stalls to excite the taste buds.

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Thank Clinton C
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for wine tasting with family and friends. Service is horrible. Staff are unwilling to help. Staff member in the gin tasting room was eating piece of meat while speaking to us. Will never return nor advise to visit this place.

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BKV1682, Public Relations Manager at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Dear Adriaan, Thank you for the review. We are sorry to hear that your visit to Blaauwklippen was not of the standard that we pride ourselves to. We assure you that this is not the norm. Could you please provide us with your contact details, or contact us at natascha@blaauwklippen.com, so that we may try and resolve this issue to... More 

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

This has a very relaxed vibe. People were having picnics on the lawns. It is kid and dog friendly. Had a very good cheese board. If you looking for a chilled afternoon, this is your place. Service is VERY slow though.

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Thank Chantelle W
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Wow! I have never been to a wine farm where the staff are less enthusiastic to serve. The wine was offered on an "if I have to" basis. No information was provided, and to be honest the lady never completed the service. We paid for wine we did not get to taste. The restaurant, on the day we visited, offered... More 

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BKV1682, Guest Relations Manager at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Dear Karlien, Thank you for the review. We are sorry to hear that your visit to Blaauwklippen was not of the standard that we pride ourselves to. We assure you that this is not the norm. Could you please provide us with your contact details, or contact us at natascha@blaauwklippen.com, so that we may try and resolve this issue to... More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

During our 1st visit which will definitely be our last at this unfriendly place, we experienced extremely poor service at the winery just to try and do a wine testing. We waited a very long time to be served and the person who eventually assisted us disappeared without starting the testing. We tried to ask somebody else to assist but... More 

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BKV1682, Guest Relations Manager at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Dear Frikkie & Annie, Thank you for the review. We are sorry to hear that your visit to Blaauwklippen was not of the standard that we pride ourselves to. We assure you that this is not the norm. Could you please provide us with your contact details, or contact us at natascha@blaauwklippen.com, so that we may try and resolve this... More 

Paarl, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

It is really recommended if you like farm atmosphere. There are some animals kids can feed, small horses, goats. The Market is under the trees, lovely shade and there are lots of food stalls and also their own restaurant. We ate some of the stall's seafood and pancakes. Lovely. The Ice Coffee was a big plus in the heat.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Blaauwklippen is a beautiful winery which hosts a fantastic market on various Sunday's through-out the year. We experienced their wine tasting and quite honestly it was a joke. Not a single piece of information nor explanation about any of the wines, the blends, the ageing process etc. Thankfully they've WIFI so we could check ourselves. Any questions were met with... More 

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BKV1682, Guest Relations Manager at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Dear busjgh, Thank you for the review. We are sorry to hear that your visit to Blaauwklippen was not of the standard that we pride ourselves to. We assure you that this is not the norm. Could you please provide us with your contact details, or contact us at natascha@blaauwklippen.com, so that we may try and resolve this issue to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Canapé an wine pairing is excellent. The chocolate an wine pairing is lovely for chocolate lovers. Belgian chocolate pairs very nicely with the wine and brandy. Nice wine and cellar tour. Excellent prices. A must visit winery.

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