Ataraxia Wines
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AdamNoelDobson
Randburg, South Africa101 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I had high hopes for Ataraxia, but the whole wine tasting experience was a little soulless. The wines did not stand out for me, but that is a personal preference. The Serenity 2019 was the exception, and that one may crack the nod on my "buy list". However, as a group we felt the tasting room showed little love for their wine-making, and seemed to us to be an art show room, with the wine a distant secondary consideration. The server knew what he was doing, and was friendly enough, but we did not enjoy the overall experience. Lovely view over the valley, but this is not maximised by the facilities.
Written May 1, 2022
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katharinapia
Zurich, Switzerland137 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
As part of a hiking group I was brought to Atraxia Wines for tasting. It is supposed to be a professional wine tasting place...
All the white wines were warm. Asked whether this was right temperature the young woman explained that, at home we might drink it at 7°C. Here, however, they might have had the fridge door open too often... A special explanation, indeed.
No bread or crackers in between the different wines as this was not a restaurant, as the "sommelier" mentioned.
In between pouring some wine into our glasses the young lady took care of the toilet cleaning - which we could observe from our sofa seats.

Obviously there was not interest in selling the wine. Otherwise the bottles would have been placed in front of us to see the labels and read the text...

Atraxia seems to be getting easy business with three hiking groups a week stopping by. None of our group spent a penny in that establishment.

Highly unprofessional. Not to be recommended.
Written February 20, 2024
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Fiona J
London, UK1,219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Well worth the long windy road up to this spectacular spot. We enjoyed the wine tasting and admiring the stunning art. Lionel was incredibly knowledgeable about the wines and the vines. Some delicious new wines.
Written April 16, 2022
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James
Dublin, Ireland57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Worth the trip up the hill. Absolutely stunning setting with the beautiful purpose built chapel style tasting room. Four lovely wines including probably best Chardonnay in the valley. Again the little gesture of wine tasting cost waived with purchase of a bottle is a lovely touch. Well done everyone in Ataraxia.
Written February 27, 2020
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Patricia W
Gainesville, FL908 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We visited two wineries and then had a late lunch. Ataraxia was our second stop and we enjoyed ourselves. There is a 30R charge per person, but this is put on the cost of a bottle if you purchase one. I did not see food of any sort here, so it is all about the wine. The Serenity, a blend of Syrah and Shiraz, was our bottle of choice - and it was great. The server seemed very rushed and did not give us much information like we had at another vineyard. She was also a bit rude. They might have been understaffed. The building and the grounds are beautiful. I think it is worth a visit.
Written October 5, 2016
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800cathg
Cape Town Central, South Africa63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Beautiful setting with magnificent views.
Relaxed wine tasting was enhanced by very knowledgeable staff.
4 wines to taste - all unique and excellent.
Written January 3, 2020
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winelover971
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Excellent wines in a fantastic setting this was one of the best tasting rooms we have visited.
The outlook across the valley was stunning and the expertise of the staff member really came across. The winemaker shows his class with the Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Sangiovese our favourite grape varieties. Thank you for a wonderful tasting
Written February 13, 2019
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TheTwoReinecks
Dubai, United Arab Emirates773 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
We stopped here at a group of 5 adults and 1 of which knows very little about wine.

The wine tasting experience is very cut and dry. Very similar stories are told about each wine and then the gentleman disappeared as soon as the piece of info was delivered.

If you enjoy a wine tasting with less interaction and explanation about the wines then this is for you.

We were looking more for a hands on experience to entice our first timer into enjoying and learning about wines.

The art work, view and decor can only be positively commented on with happy memories. They have recently renovated the entrance and signs on the way to the tasting chapel. The road is a little hairy at time if your in a car but as long as your drive at a reasonably slow speed you should have no issues. It’s lovely to drive through the vineyards.

Written January 1, 2019
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Lloyd Loots
Pretoria, South Africa224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Ataraxia - a Greek philosophy term that is used to describe a lucid state of robust equanimity, that is characterised by ongoing freedom from any distress & worry.

And when you arrive at Ataraxia, you can just see & feel why this name is perfectly suited.

The estate sits on what I believe is a heavenly stretch of land just beneath the peak of the Babylon's Tower mountain range, with a very interesting mix of terroirs to work with.

I sat down with Kevin Grant, winemaker at Ataraxia & I had one of the most incredible wine tasting experiences. We spoke not only about wine, but also food, travel, reading & life in general. I felt so at home there on the couch in the tasting room, that I honestly didn't want to leave 3.5 hours later.

One very interesting comment that Kevin Grant made, was that he makes white wine & red wine. And that it just so happens that the Chardonnay & Pinot Noir are the 2 cultivars that are the expressions of those red & white wines. But only because he went back to the soil to see exactly what would work best in what he has on the estate, & that dictated what he would plant. Everything that ends up in a bottle of Ataraxia, starts with what is in the soil. The wine is a pure expression of the soil that it is grown in.

The Ataraxia mission is to get the dirt into the bottle with minimal intervention.

So, if you've been following my journey, then you know that I am a lover of a Wooded Chardonnay.

In the words of Kevin Grant - "The most accurate & faithful way possible, our unapologetically wooded white wine mirrors the terroir in which our Chardonnay vines are grown." This is probably one of the best Chardonnay's that I have ever been exposed to. A beautiful complex wine with lots of body that is graceful. Intense fruit flavours intertwined with a beautiful creaminess. A 100% barrel femented beauty!

Then Kevin Grant took out a bottle with no label. It was the 2017 Pinot Noir that had been bottled in January & this was the very first bottle that had been opened for the public. How cool to sit there & literally be the first person in the world to get to drink a glass of the the 2017 Pinot Noir with the winemaker himself.

The wooded red wine, again, is made from a grape that is most suited to express the terroir. It just so happens to be a Pinot Noir. These grapes are the last to be picked in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. With a glass of transparent red wine that seems to reflect the light, the nose promises a blend of ripe red cherries & fresh earth & a touch of that oak. All of which follow through on the palate sensually as a slightly more medium bodied wine that hits all the right points. A soft fruit aftertaste in the finish makes it a wine that I could drink every day.

Lastly I need to mention this tasting room, which has aptly been named the Wine Lounge. It is possibly one of the most spectacular & dramatic positions, that has been built in the style of a chapel on top of a hill under the Babylon's Tower peak. It stands out as this incredible little building on the hill that you can spot from a distance.

First time visitors also get to ring the bell announcing that they have just had their first tasting at Ataraxia. (I'm sure it won't be the last either though.)
Written December 12, 2018
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adamschris
Johannesburg, South Africa244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
This was a wise stop for us . The venue is graced by some fantastic artwork. the staff are well informed and the wine is marvellous . - well worth the visit
Written February 28, 2021
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