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“Brandy distillery - Excellent!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Van Ryn's Distillery

Van Ryn's Distillery
Van Ryn Road, Stellenbosch 7604, South Africa
+27 21 881 3875
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Ranked #36 of 105 things to do in Stellenbosch
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Owner description: Experience the atmosphere and stature of the Van Ryn's Brandy Distillery where the tour of the distillery includes a demonstration of the art of coopering, a whiff of the Angle's share in the maturation cellar, followed by the guest's choice of vintage brandy tastings. The choice of tastings include an option of a brandy, coffee and chocolate tasting or a brandy and florentine tasting. The distillery is also a popular venue for private functions and conferences.
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Brandy distillery - Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The moment you step out of your vehicle you are surrounded by stylish slate grey buildings ...... as we entered we were warmly welcomed with a fruit juice and brandy cocktail while we looked at some prodessionally presented information boards. We declined the cellar tour as we are familiar with the process, but were able to select from 8 tasting options, most including facinating combinations such as Brandy, coffee and chocolate pairing, Brandy and Florentine (crisp busicuits with a chocolate base) with the Reserve Collection, or for those who require a light meal, a Cheese and Charcuterie Platter. Some tastings offer cellar tour for just R15 extra. The tasting is beautifully presented on a tray with excellent notes. One can either opt for an informative 'guided' tasting or else after a brief introduction, you may savour the flavours at your leisure. A well appointed upmarket gift shop with various Brandies, Cigars, glassware and a few selected gifts is worth visiting ..... some good gifts for the 'man who has everything'! Worth a visit or to take out of town visitors who want some variety in the Cape Winelands.

Visited August 2013
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Somerset West, South Africa
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“Brandy distillery worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Van Rijn's distillery. We opted for the tour of the distillery followed by the brandy and chocolate tasting. For the driver, coffee and chocolate was the consolation. The guide, Simon, was superb. His knowledge of the brandy making process as well as the South African wine and brandy scene were excellent. He was attentive without being too intrusive. The tour takes in the still rooms, a visit to an old cooper who showed us how the old-style hand-made barrels were made, ending with a visit to the maturation room filled with barrels of brandy. Miss this attraction at your peril!
South African pot-stilled brandy is really good!

Visited May 2013
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Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
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“Brandy and Chocolate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place on our way from Paarl to Cape Town. What a great find! My partner liked brandy and I didn't mind it but after this experience we have a totally new appreciation and interest in brandy.
We did the the brandy chocolate pairing now my two favourite things!
The hostess was so friendly and knowledgeable about the products. We also did the cheese and meat plate - excellent value. So much leftover.
We bought the 25 year old bottle and enjoyed it over Christmas in the Cape.
We really enjoyed ourselves here and Will come back next time we are in SA.

Highly recommend this place even if you don't know anything about brandy or think you like it. It is a nice change to a wine tasting.

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“Excellent brandy tasting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

Excellent service, brandy, chocolate and cookies. Nicely renovated to receive guests. I stongly recommend the older brandy (the farm doesn't produce wine only brandy).

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“A good way to spend an hour.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Greeted with a welcome drink by very friendly staff,
We did the brandy with chocolate pairing which was a very nice way to spend an hour out of the rain and very reasonably priced. I had never even tried brandy before but still very much enjoyed it. We were taught how to warm and smell the brandy properly and sat and enjoyed it in lovely comfortable chairs.

Thumbs up from us!

Visited November 2012
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