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Blaauwklippen

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Address: R44, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 880 0133
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Description: 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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The perfect Sunday

I had the opportunity to visit Blaauwklippen with friends yesterday and had the best time. The market was great, filled with many vendors selling everything from jewelry to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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NY/NJ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I had the opportunity to visit Blaauwklippen with friends yesterday and had the best time. The market was great, filled with many vendors selling everything from jewelry to roasted cashews. The highlight of the day was sitting under the trees listening to music, drinking wine-the best since arriving to South Africa and sharing the most amazing CHARCUTERIE PLATTER. If I... More 

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BKV1682, Marketing & Events at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Hi Nathalie, Thank you so much for your amazing review of our estate. We pride ourselves on only delivering the best to all guests and visitors to Blaauwklippen Vineyards. We hope that you visit again soon and we'll ensure that you have another perfect Sunday afternoon! Kind regards, Natalie Campbell Marketing & Events More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I visit Blaauwklippen quite often on a Sunday and have recommended it too many friends and family members. My last visit (15 February) has however been the worst experience I have ever had. From the moment we sat down at a dirty table that was never cleaned, for a wine tasting we were ignored and struggled to get service. After... More 

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BKV1682, Marketing & Events at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Hi Ellen-May 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 and that your experience was soured due to the actions of an employee. We assure you that this is not the norm and we will look into the matter further. Could you please... More 

Chennai (Madras), India
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a beautiful place in the town of Stellenbosch. The architecture is the European type ,rather Dutch fashioned houses. The city is famous for its wine yards. The Blaauwklippen is a beautiful estate. A variety of wines are available and they also have an exclusive tasting for everyone. It is really a beautiful and good place to purchase a... More 

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BKV1682, Marketing & Events at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Hi Apte Thank you so much for your amazing review of our estate. We pride ourselves on only delivering the best to all guests and visitors to Blaauwklippen Vineyards. We hope that you find time to visit us again soon and we'll ensure that your next experience is as good, if not better! Kind regards, Natalie Campbell Marketing & Events More 

Noida, India
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Situated in the b'ful Stellenbosch area it is one of the oldest wine farms.It was a lovely day out there as a fair was also going on in the premises with eating joints and local artefacts.Staff was quite pleasant and forthcoming to allow wine tasting.Wine of good quality was available at reasonable price.There are two buildings in the farm where... More 

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BKV1682, Marketing & Events at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Hi Pradeep, Thank you so much for your amazing review of our estate. We pride ourselves on only delivering the best to all guests and visitors to Blaauwklippen Vineyards. We hope that you find time to visit us again soon and we'll ensure that you have another wonderful experience! Kind regards, Natalie Campbell Marketing & Events More 

Aspley Guise, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This was the last of our tasting stops in the Stellenbosch winelands. My daughter had lined this up beause she wanted to buy an authentic S African brandy for her boyfriend. The guy who showed us around the spirits room did a great job and said purchase was made. Sadly we didn't do a proper tasting here. But we did... More 

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BKV1682, Marketing & Events at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Hi CCWalker, Thank you for your review! We're glad to here of your great experience with us, as we pride ourselves on the highest level of excellence. We hope to see you again in the near future, this time for a full proper tasting! Kind regards, Natalie Campbell Marketing & Events More 

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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We had a great wine tasting. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The Zinfandel is something different- as not many farms produce a 100% zinfandel. We waited about 5 minutes for the canapes which is impressive. Overall, I will definitely return maybe go to the bistro for lunch, or try the chocolate and wine pairing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We met friends for lunch here and had a great afternoon. Nothing better than sitting out on a warm sunny afternoon drinking good wine at a very reasonable price. They offered a large choice of platters on the lunch menu which we all really enjoyed. The live band was great and lots of people were singing and dancing. If we... More 

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Milan, Italy
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

My review definitely counts Nothing but my personal experience here at Blaauwklippen wasn't amazing. It's not the first wine house estate that I visit , on the contrary I saw and enjoyed many in the past few years . Unfortunately that's something missing here. I can't tell whether it's passion or love for their product and their offering. Even though... More 

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Hi Epi 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 natalie@blaauwklippen.com so that we may try and resolve this issue to... More 

Gauteng, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 via mobile

Blaauwklippen is conveniently situated on one of the main routes between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. We opted for lunch outsider under the trees and discovered too late that the sitting area was very close to the stables. Flies made our lunch experience unbearable! Wine was cheap and the staff was ok but the food was not so great although the... More 

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Hi Fred 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 natalie@blaauwklippen.com so that we may try and resolve this issue to... More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I stumbled upon the Bistro website one weekday afternoon when a friend recommended Blaauwklippen as a Sunday lunch destination. The Bistro at Blaauwklippen (via their own website) promises to return our circle of friends to a "simpler time, when food was unhurried and friendships forever." We were not disappointed when we arrived at the Blaauwklippen Wine Estate. The beautiful scenery... More 

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