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Blaauwklippen

Address: R44, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 880 0133
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Ranked #82 of 117 Activities in Stellenbosch
Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Owner description: Blaauwklippen Vineyards, the renowned Stellenbosch wine farm that celebrates its 333rd anniversary...
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Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Milan, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

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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Gauteng, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW 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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Having been to a few wine estates, for various reasons on the wine route there are 2 that stand out to me, and my wife, and one of them is the Bistro at Blaauwklippen. The entire experience was amazing, ant i love the concept. The staff are all very pleasant, and tend to u in a very professional manner, but... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

After numerous pleasant experiences in the past we went for a family meal at Blaauwklippen Estate to be told that the restaurant has now morphed into a wine pairing and tasting called The Charouterie. My child was hungry so we ordered his food first. After a while I asked the waiter about progress and were given various excuses. Three quarters... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

Had a nice Saterday afternoon outside in the garden for a year end. Waiters can do with some more training. Food ok. Outside seating on grass very nice. They do have a changing station but the waiters dont know about it.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

One of our favourite things to do in Cape Town is a picnic at a wine farm. We had never tried Blaauwklippen before and, after looking at their website which advertises a wonderful picnic experience, decided to give it a try. Big mistake. We booked in advance, requesting a table picnic, but upon arrival were told that there were no... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

After much wasted time and confusion we where eventually seated at a table. Our waitress had poor communication and hosting skills and disappeared during the wine and food pairing for at least 20 minutes. We also waited 25 minutes for our canapés after we already got the wine. By the time we got the canapés we have already finished our... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

When we arrived we were so confused. No one could tell us where to go for the wine and food pairing. After 20 minutes and after we asked 4 of the staff members we were told to choose a small table. We got a menu at the bistro and figured out by ourselves what to do. We wanted to do... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

After booking well in advance for the much flaunted Blaauklippen picnic we arrived in advance of the 1pm booking to no recognition of a booking & directed to the lawn beyond the brasserie with the comment that no more picnic tables were available. That was ok since we planned on sitting on the blankets which were eventually brought along with... More 

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BKV1682, Manager at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Dear D Moren, Thank you for your review. We do apologise for your bad experience regarding the service and handling of your picnic order. We would like to make up for it and invite you back to experience the picnic @ blaauwklippen again in the way we usually treat our treasured guests and making you leave in a happy and... More 

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