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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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Lazy Sunday at a family market

Allow lots of time to wander through all the stalls, sit under the trees and try loads of delicious foods and drinks. Live music makes even more enjoyable. Pet friendly. Play area... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Malmesbury, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We loved the family market. Great food, especially the bitterballen, excellent wine at only R15/glass. Lovely vibe.

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Benoni, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

Great for the whole familly, lots of great food and stalls. Also pet fiendly, losts of green grass to picnic on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Such a lovely place to spend a Sunday with friends and family. The kids can play and the parents can have something nice to eat. The cater for everyone. Live music, good food, stalls, what else do you need??

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Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

I love browsing through markets but I don't like over crowded venues. This market is ideal because of the space and beautiful gardens. The market is not too big nor too small. There is a good mix of food and craft stalls. I love their evening Christmas markets, it makes shopping for unique affordable gifts so much more fun than... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

Allow lots of time to wander through all the stalls, sit under the trees and try loads of delicious foods and drinks. Live music makes even more enjoyable. Pet friendly. Play area for kids close to the camp with farm animals. As a local, we bumped into so many familiar faces. A very enjoyable Sunday on our doorstep!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

A Real market, people plying their wares, not junkie Chinese mass produced goods, but wonderful thinks like hand made children wooden toys, dealers selling vintage records, a seller of fossils and rare gems and rocks. Once you have done the rounds of the market area, now concentrate on the myriad of food stalls. What a selection... from juicy ribs, to... More 

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Heidelberg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is a not to be missed Market on Sundays. Lots of excellent stalls. The foods great with lots off seating. Loved the Greek food. Kids will love it as there are lots to do.

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Strand, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Blaauwklippen is naturally beautiful. Loads for the kids to do : Mini mechanical bull, pony rides, games, jungle gym etc. I was amazed how many people also brought along their dogs - awesome. The best part was really the wine and fabulous food from Greek Halloumi kebabs, tzatziki, bunny chow, potjie, chinese etc Not thousands of stalls but a nice... More 

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This would be one of our many visits to Blaauklippen Wine estate ,and each time , great memories are made , we always visit their Sunday market and have been to their Bistro and wine tasting , the atmosphere is tamazing South African bubbly and happy with views to die for , the cape Dutch feel to the buildings and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We visited the family market which was very sweet. More food stalls and cooked food than crafts. Had a great traditional cheese toast or and thee were good pastries and great coffee. Bought some terrific dried fruit and sugar coated meebos. Fun family outing hosted on the wine estate with no wine tasting it drinking involved but in great surroundings.... More 

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