Dornier Wine Estate
Dornier Wine Estate
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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4.5
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Susy Lona
Stellenbosch, South Africa7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Being architects we went to visit because of it's unique and beautiful building that blends perfectly with the mountains behind. However, what a surprise to also find a cozy yet elegant wine tasting lounge with an exceptional service (don't remember the name of our patron but it was a lovely young lady, though all the ones in duty were ladies). We did a wine and gin tasting and she showed herself well informed and was very honest with what she didn't know, despite that she managed to keep us entertained and answered all of our questions. Would definitely recommend people to visit Dornier Wine Estate.
Written March 26, 2020
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esom
Istanbul, Türkiye18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Business
We were on a business trip and were invited to a lunch at Bodega, the restaurant of Dornier Wine Estate. The restaurant had a nice open air sitting with beautiful views towards the garden and the pool. The menu has limited selection, which is something I like. Sometimes it is better to concentrate on selected dishes rather than having a menu of 25 pages and hundreds of dishes. A short menu always gives me the feeling of getting better prepared food.
We have been presented with 2 red and 2 white wines to choose from, where everybody had the opportunity to taste.I Admitting that I'm not a wine expert, I chose Donatus Red 2012, as I liked the taste.
Later I ordered an Asian Salad and Venison Rump. The Asian salad is a little bit on the sweeter side, but with Avocado,Papaya along greens and Tempura Shrimps, this is not a surprise. I liked it a lot. Venison Rump was from Springbok, not dry, very soft as if it was going to melt in your mouth again with a sauce little bit on the sweeter side.
Service was excellent with the greatest smile ever, as well.
Written March 6, 2017
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MoleyStellenbosch
Stellenbosch14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
If you are a family: this is the place to come. It gets busy on a Sunday but the views, food, service and general feel are outstanding. If you have kids there is a fantastic jungle gym (the best in the area) and what is great is that the grown ups can have a wonderful lunch whilst at the same time watching the kids have a great time = perfect. The Dornier wine is very reliable and overall you wont feel when leaving that you have been ripped off. A great place to go and the views are to die for. Just go and enjoy.
Written August 31, 2012
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Jill B
Johannesburg, South Africa48 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Family
Our party of 4 adults and 3 children spent 2 nights at the Dornier Homestead, since our son was celebrating his 40th birthday party at Dornier restaurant.
While the large celebration was a huge success, and the food and service impeccable, the same cannot be said of the accommodation.
We opted for staying on the estate because of the convenience, but it turned out to be a huge inconvenience.
Not only had the Homestead encountered a water and electricity problem on the day of check-in, which meant that they had to arrange alternative B&B accommodation in Stellenbosch, but when we did check in the next day we, the grandparents, found our room not yet ready. Most puzzling.
The biggest problem was the housekeeping which was slovenly.
The Homestead is a potentially magnificent place to stay since it reeks elegance and history, but unless housekeeping is improved, it will not get the glowing reviews it otherwise would deserve.
Written January 7, 2015
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ZY-S-O22
Singapore, Singapore25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The wine tasting room is separate from the main space but is nice and cosy with great views.

We were 2 couples hosted by Steyn and he did a great job sharing about the wines we were tasting. He was fun yet professional and we had a great time. We will definitely visit again if we have the chance.
Written May 25, 2019
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Monikey2013
Bratislava, Slovakia160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
We have visited just for wine tasting and had 3 whites and 3 reds. Tasting room is in the separate building from the restaurant. Tasting room rather small but with nice views. White wines were nice, but the fact that they were not properly chilled did not help the taste. Reds were frankly below average compared to other wine producers in Stellenbosch.
Written February 14, 2019
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Simon K
Stellenbosch, South Africa93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
After wine tastings in the Valley, my daughter and I decided to pop into Dornier for a lunch.
If you are looking for a formal restaurant, this is not for you . . . . but if you want excellent, wholesome food which is full of flavour and served in perfect portions . . . . make a point of coming here.
The staff were attentive without being "in your face" and service well timed. The meal was accompanied by an excellent Chenin Blanc and finished with a decadent chocolate pudding.
Written July 30, 2016
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01MER
Somerset West, South Africa24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
Right by the outside restaurant/bistro area is a children's play area suitable for young children. Parents and Grandparents can relax enjoy wine and tapas or a restaurant meal while the children play.
Written June 13, 2016
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Michaela F
Oxfordshire, UK13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
I stayed at the Dornier homestead for 3 nights, from 5 January to 8 January 2016 with my boyfriend. The staff at the wine estate were amazing, and we would like to give a mention to: Laura who welcomed us, Freena (so sorry for spelling) for looking after us during our stay including dropping us off at a neighbouring wine estate to save us having to get a pricey return taxi, Walter for also looking after us and making us laugh a lot, and last but not least our lovely maid Madeline (again sorry for spelling) for keeping our room very tidy.

We stayed in the yellow room and had an amazing balcony overlooking the gardens, so I would recommend staying in this room. The room had a separate lounge area that was quirky and we really liked the colonial style of the homestead. We were provided with a fan which was needed as it was 38 degrees the day that we arrived! The gardens were very pretty and we enjoyed relaxing there on our first afternoon.

The restaurant offers tapas in the evening rather than a dinner menu, we love tapas so this wasn't a problem for us. You are able to have a free bottle of wine with the tapas, the cocoa hills Chenin blanc was really good. Breakfast was amazing, especially the English option :)

We enjoyed a lovely wine tasting at Dornier during our stay and ordered a case to meet us back home. We are very excited it has arrived - thank you!!

The only thing that stops us from giving Dornier five stars is that there is a shared mini bar style fridge in the homestead, which we used to store the water we were given on arrival and also wine we had got from the restaurant. The fridge isn't particularly big but there is a top shelf and bottom area to store things. On our first night, the other homestead guests managed to mix up waters and drink our water and on the last night our half bottle of wine disappeared. It's not difficult to remember which shelf you leave a bottle on so we were disappointed that things got taken, and by providing a fridge in individual rooms we feel this would be a better set up.

Thank you once again for a fab stay, and we hope to be back the next time we are in Cape Town :)
Written January 18, 2016
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triptrop13
Cape Town1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Family
We stayed at Dornier vinyard for a night and had a wine tasting with our dinner on the first evening. The food is great nd when you purchase a bottle of vine you get the vine tasting for freel. Good deal.. so far.
1) We ordered a 2 course menu and the waiter told us that you can top it up with a small crayfish (can't find the english term, but it wasn't a regular sire crayfish for sure) not mentioning at all the redicoulous R200 it would cost per person.

2) Next morning we went to have breakfast and settled the bill afterwards. Surprisingly the breakfast was not included as it was stated on their website. Only after showing them their website they took the breakfast off the bill.

3) The accomodation is not really what we imagined either. One of the rooms had a shared bathroom which we were not told before, no towels in room and a dirty and disgusting toothbrush tumbler on the sink in the room. For that money you expect a lot more.

Don't stay on the vinyard over night and if you decide to have lunch or dinner make sure you check the bill. Friends of us just did the same trip last week and told us they had to correct the bill as well. NOT COOL!
Written March 11, 2013
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Dear Triptrop13 We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your experience. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. You suggest that people must check their bill, but the matter with the breakfast was just a inconsistency between our website and the booking system at the time. 1) We offer our patrons what we call reef and beef. It is a Langoustine (not crayfish) that we add to the beef fillet. Langoustines are not cheap. But we assure you that R100 is a good price for a good size langoustine. I assume that you have not been made aware of this considerable cost of that item, for which I apologise. 2) We have decided to exclude breakfast from the offer as many guests don't want to stay for breakfast and rather explore the region. We prefer not to charge guests for breakfast if they are not going to have it. However, I forgot to make the changes on our website. We made the changes after your visit. We would never try to take advantage of a customer and we accepted our mistake and refunded the breakfast saving you R300. 3) The Homestead has three bathrooms and we will only rent out three bedrooms at a time as we would never expect guests to share a bathroom. Whereas it is correct that one of the bathrooms is not en-suite, no one else will use it as the other rooms will stay unoccupied. The only time the bathroom gets shared is when the additional rooms are used as annex rooms at a much lower rate. The dirty toothbrush tumbler is an unpleasant negligence for which we apologise. I assume your friends also relied on the information on the website which, as I said, was not up to date.
Written March 14, 2013
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