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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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Very nice wine tasting service

We came here to have a wine tasting. The environment is very nice, although we expected something more from the gardens, which were advertised as good. The tasting itself was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We just got back from lunch at the bistro and, considering platters are basically all they serve, they're pretty bad. The bread was stale and dry, the lettuce had seen better days, the charcuterie selection was okay but the pate was pretty sad and the cheese selection was a tiny piece of Brie and a few slices of Parmesan. Everything,... More 

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We came here to have a wine tasting. The environment is very nice, although we expected something more from the gardens, which were advertised as good. The tasting itself was fantastic, with good explanations for each wine. We tried a classic, and chocolate/wine combination tasting. Very surprising, very good.

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We had the special pleasure of listening to the most awesome band that really took us down memory lane with great vocals and harmonies. The salmon salad was brilliant an we will definitely be back next Sunday.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The family got together for lunch on Sunday at Blaauwklippen. The venue is lovely and they have plenty of things to entertain the kids but the outdoor restaurant was shocking. The only thing on the menu was Pork Burgers (which were sold out) and the rest of the menu was made up of various ploughman platters and a kiddies menu... More 

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BKV1682, Marketing Management at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Dear Fran 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 

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My friends and I were looking for a picnic spot and decided on Blaauwklippen. After driving for about an hour (from Bloubergstrand) we finally get there. This being our first time there, we didn't really know where to go. After a while we managed to find the restaurant. There was a lady at the entrance that greeted us and marked... More 

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BKV1682, Marketing Management at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Hi Andrea, Please accept our apologies for your experience with us, we assure you that this is not the norm. We wish to investigate this matter further and hopefully make it up to you. Could you please provide us with your contact details, or contact us at natascha@blaauwklippen.com. We look forward to hearing from you. Warmest regards, Natascha Proost More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
7 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Dont get me wrong - I like rock music. Cheesy 80s music on a Saturday night down the pub with a couple of beers is good fun. At full volume over Sunday lunch, not so good. It was awful actually. To explain, the management of Blaauwklippen had chosen an 80s cover band to accompany Sunday lunch at the Bistro. They... More 

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BKV1682, Marketing Management at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Dear Wandering Hopefully 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 the music ruined what should have been a wonderful day out. We assure you that this is not the norm. Could you please provide us with your contact details, or... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We pitched up at the restaurant on a very busy Sunday with no booking. The Maitre 'D was exceptionally helpful and shifted furniture and a parasol to give us a lovely table in the gardens with cover from the sun. The meal choice was limited to different platters of meats, pates and cheeses with pickles and salads. The whole experience... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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72 attraction reviews
340 helpful votes 340 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Almost right out of the plane these winter- frozen Scandinavians rushed with a local friend in the know to Blaauwklippen Vineyards and had a ball of a Sunday afternoon. "Nah, no need to bring a picnic hamper, our friend had said, we buy it locally." And so we did! The market was crowded with vendors and customers alike, and for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Our experience at Blaauwklippen was amazing. It is a beautiful place, and very clean. We experienced incredible service from our waitress, Tersia. Not sure how to spell her name, sorry. Also, Terry was very generous and friendly. He was making sure everything was to our satisfaction. We enjoyed lots of beautiful wine and enjoyed wonderful platters, We had meat and... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I was asked to join my friends Sunday birthday party, a picnic in Blaauwkippen, amid the far lawns where we ordered good food and local wines, as the sun shone down on our little group. I a Londoner who travels to SA 5 times a year and owns a house in the local De Zalze estate, know it well. Blaauwklippen... More 

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