Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate

Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate

Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate is located along the Stellenbosch Wine Route, on the Eerste River, only 40 kilometres from Cape Town in the South African region of the Western Cape. The manor house overlooks the Helderberg mountain range to the east, and Table Mountain to the northwest. Today, Vergenoegd Löw is not only one of the most valuable cultural assets and monuments in the country; the South African government announced in 2021 that Vergenoegd Löw will be registered on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.
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  • Gerd B
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So near to Cape Town, yet so far
    I must have driven past Vergenoegd dozens of times on the way to wine estates in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Big mistake. This one can't be more than 12 minutes from the airport. You can actually see (but not hear) the N2 - so near, yet so far. Refreshingly ungentrified, Geuwels restaurant oozes serenity. The food is delicious and excellent value for money. (R 500 for a couple to share 7 tapas-style plates.) Abathia and her smiling team were the cherry on top. What's in a name? Abathia is Greek and means calmness.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Chris H
    Hermanus, South Africa417 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning lunch with a difference
    We enjoyed lunch at the estate. The facility is immaculate and we watched the ducks being taken off to clear the vineyards of insects. The small plate menu meal was absolutely delicious with a variety of interesting options
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 13, 2024
  • GuildfordLilly
    United Kingdom209 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful stay
    Peaceful retreat , stayed for 2 nights , lovely room with a jacuzzi - watched the morning duck walk it was very sweet . Staff were all excellent and professional . Used the gym , needs a fridge with water and smaller weights . It was very quiet we were the only couple at dinner , great deserts but the main course a choice of proteins needs tweaking not a fine dining course - Would recommend for a peaceful break
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 15, 2024
  • j889814672
    Jakarta, Indonesia310 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    wow, going to return
    Beautiful place with amazing huge rooms, outstanding food, beautiful grounds and lots of space to just roam around. I was surprised it wasn't busier. Their own wine is quite good as well - definitely worth a try. porters helped with getting bags to the rooms. Buggy to distant rooms but it's not too far to walk. There is a small gym. There are walking trails all around the property. Breakfast is amazing. Service was excellent throughout the visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled on business
    Written February 27, 2024
  • Gabriela S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wine tasting highly recommended!
    It was a fantastic experience! Loveness received us with her beautiful smile and kindly show us the place! We saw the duck parade and then had the wine tasting with Loyd! What a great sommelier and wonderful person as well! We loved it and highlyyyyy recommend it! A very cozy place and delicious wine. Congratulations to Loveness and Loyd!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 27, 2024
  • Paradise64275464483
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Clara's Barn. A wonderful culinary experience!
    We had dinner at Claras Barn last night and it was amazing!! We did the wine pairing menu. Every course was absolutely delicious! Bianca and Christian were fantastic hosts. Both had an excellent knowledge of the food and wines. The decor in the restaurant, which were the old stables was very tastefully done. The setting of the restaurant overlooking the dam with a fantastic sunset view was spectacular! I can highly recommend this restaurant for a fantastic dining experience!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 19, 2024
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Angeline Tichauer
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Very underwhelming, We decided to order a cheese board and a wine tasting after asking for the menu and price from the waiter. We received the price verbally but did not receive a menu so we took what the waiter said as truth. We then received the cheese board which was a whopping R130 for a quarter piece of brie and a pinky sized piece of cheese with a few grapes and 5 crackers, even the waiter said she couldn't believe what we got. Our tasting took about an hour to taste 4 wines, as the waiter had to waiter on multiple tables at once. Once we had to be pay, we took the waiters verbal pricing and paid the amount including tip only to be told that the final amount after paying was way below what we were told. We ended up paying a R70 tip on top of a bill of R245. I will not be visiting or recommend this place to anyone.
Written April 3, 2022
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Douglas A
Fish Hoek, South Africa10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A hidden gem? Yes. An ideal and idyllic picnic spot? Yes. A place for the family? Yes. And especially the running of the ducks.
However, they ave done away with the restaurant and one must make a purchase at the deli. Well and good! Not!!!!!!!!!! There is very little choice for those with certain dietary requirements. First of all a friend is highly allergic to gluten, yet they could not satisfy me that any of their products were gluten free. I am vegan and apart from olives there was nothing for me to enjoy.
I have been in the past and when they had the restaurant I telephoned ahead and they accommodated us. It was brilliant and we were fully prepared to pay a premium but the food was excellent and the ambiance spectacular. This time it was a failure. Telephoning elicited no response other than the deli should have something. And when we arrived there was nothing. Even the bottled water is imported. What is wrong with supporting a local South African industry? And could you please just have a few items for those who are gluten intolerant and those of us who are vegan. Myself and another customer spent 10 minutes looking and walked out with a small jar of olives each.
Written January 6, 2020
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Dear Douglas, Thank you so much for your delightful compliments for our estate, as well as your honest review by sharing your “good, bad and ugly” experiences with us. Only by making mistakes we can learn to improve our services in every area as we truly strive for excellence in all our product and service offerings. Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate has undergone a substantial renovation as well as reinvigoration of the entire brand, which we slowly introduce to the wider public and fantastic national and international customer fan base. I am sure you have noticed the all-new Historic Homestead and Historic Werf, The Farm Deli with its amazing Duck Room, the the new wine labels and our lovely Adam & Eve Merlot Limited Collector’s Edition? After speaking to the team with regards to your really valuable feedback may I ask to kindly allow me to share some background info: 1. The Homestead Restaurant The previous restaurant situated in the homestead was indeed a beautiful, charming, small eating spot and loved by many of our patrons. The comprehensive renovation of The Historic Homestead (phase 1 completed), which is a celebrated National Monument hence very sensitive to any change, requested for a temporary closure of this restaurant. At the same time we designed and opened a completely NEW Farm Deli experience, which is part of the wider hospitality plans we have for Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate. That said, after almost two years of planning with the heritage authorities, we are already in the process of building a new full-size restaurant in SA’s oldest untouched barn from the 1700’s behind The Historic Homestead. The exciting opening is aimed for late 2020, provided all building activities go well. We are also considering the re-opening of The Historic Homestead eatery, which could be part of phase 2 and 3 of the renovations and is subject to further planning processes with the heritage committee. 2. The Farm Deli I am not sure how and why the information was provided that a purchase at our new Farm Deli is mandatory. I can assure you that this is not the case. All purchases are of course voluntary and the entire team works really hard to permanently offer daily, freshly produced SA kitchen-inspired menu food and deli items, which can be consumed in our respectfully renovated Historic Werf as well as taken home. 3. Various Dietary Offerings It is a real challenge to cater for many available dietary requirements available these days and this is certainly an area we need to improve on. The Farm Deli is open for three months now and attracts almost 1000 visitors on its busy days. The fantastic Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate Hospitality Team has mastered the new opening with all ups and downs and there are plenty areas were we need to excel for better service excellence to earn our ongoing customer’s satisfaction. We currently do have limited gluten-free options available, e.g. all bread menu items can be replaced with gluten-free bread, but this has been badly and/or not all communicated to our guests. Kindly accept my sincere apology for this terrible mistake which we will address shortly together with vegan options, too. 4. Telephonically Reservation Service You are 100% correct in being disappointed as this is an important area we identified a while ago. It unfortunately happened numerous times in the past that phone calls were either unanswered or unprofessionally addressed hence we hired a new Guest Experience Manger starting Jan 2020, which is currently in training to offer a top-class reservation experiences. I am disappointed that you had to experience this but can assure you we will massively improve in this area latest starting from Q2/2020. 5. Imported Water We 100% agree with your observation that supporting local SA businesses should be a key-priority for all business in SA and is certainly for Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate. You will be pleased to know that we either follow a “farm to table” approach, meaning we use produce grown at the farm and are also busy with a larger vegetable garden project, or we source almost all our produce from local businesses as close to the farm as possible. Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate is one of 40 WWF Conservation Champions and the careful usage of water is one key element for us (other activities: e.g. solar power generation and use, grey water usage, drip water irrigation, natural pest control, biodegradable packaging, use of vegetable inks, etc.). You may have also noticed that we offer beautiful, reusable, empty water bottles (locally manufactured) which can be filled free of charge at our water fountains inside The Historic Werf. This way we eliminate the use of plastic bottles and encourage visitors to not only re-use the bottles at the farm and at their houses but also to bring them back to their next farm visit. Since our fountain water is naturally non-carbonated we have added a carbonated, bottled water option, which will soon be replaced by proudly locally SA produced carbonated water. We currently finish the stock we have on hand after we have identified using imported water is an unacceptable business practice. I really hope the above gives you some more information about the NEW SINCE 1696 Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate. We strive to leave an as little as possible ecological footprint with everything we do and although we have achieved a lot during the past 12 month we are aware that there is still a lot of work ahead of us. There is exciting new projects in planning for 2020 and we truly hope you will give us the chance to welcome and share or vision with you, again. Once again thank you so much for sharing your great observations with us and have a blessed year ahead. Kind regards. Cai
Written January 7, 2020
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Carol R
Seafield, South Africa106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We loved the duck run, and had a very good wine tasting. Steff our hostess, really knew her wine, and had a lovely sense of humour and was full of fun. They have an excellent selection of very well prices wines. We ordered breakfast from the deli, and although delicious, the service was not great. There were 5 of us, and they got 3 of the orders wrong, which meant that we ate in 3 stages, so not ideal when meeting up with old friends and then havng to eat in relays. Would definitely go back though - perfect for couples and families.
Written January 3, 2020
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Dear Carol R We thank you for visiting our beautiful farm and appreciate the wonderful review and rating of your experience. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us but also apologize about the inconvenience regarding your food orders. We pride ourselves in our friendly and professional visitor service and are in the process of ironing out any potential crinkles with a great new ordering system that will allow for an easy process from order to collection. We look forward to welcoming you back to our farm. Have a lovely day further. Kind Regards David
Written January 15, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Paradise64275464483
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We had dinner at Claras Barn last night and it was amazing!! We did the wine pairing menu. Every course was absolutely delicious!
Bianca and Christian were fantastic hosts. Both had an excellent knowledge of the food and wines.
The decor in the restaurant, which were the old stables was very tastefully done. The setting of the restaurant overlooking the dam with a fantastic sunset view was spectacular!
I can highly recommend this restaurant for a fantastic dining experience!
Written May 19, 2024
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Gillian K
Cape Town Central, South Africa4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We had read a review of Die Geuwels and were so keen to try it but it was a huge disappointment. The staff were pleasant but not knowledgeable or even very interested, and most of all the food was totally underwhelming. We had a glorified toasted sandwich with not even a green leaf in sight, let alone any other accompaniment for R85 (and it made us somewhat queasy after eating it); the tuna sashimi was tiny and the charcuterie came with no bread, crackers or any other side except a few raw carrot sticks (???). We definitely would not recommend it or go back there again.
Written March 27, 2022
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Gerd B
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
I must have driven past Vergenoegd dozens of times on the way to wine estates in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Big mistake. This one can't be more than 12 minutes from the airport. You can actually see (but not hear) the N2 - so near, yet so far. Refreshingly ungentrified, Geuwels restaurant oozes serenity. The food is delicious and excellent value for money. (R 500 for a couple to share 7 tapas-style plates.) Abathia and her smiling team were the cherry on top. What's in a name? Abathia is Greek and means calmness.
Written September 22, 2023
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GuildfordLilly
United Kingdom209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Peaceful retreat , stayed for 2 nights , lovely room with a jacuzzi - watched the morning duck walk it was very sweet .
Staff were all excellent and professional . Used the gym , needs a fridge with water and smaller weights .
It was very quiet we were the only couple at dinner , great deserts but the main course a choice of proteins needs tweaking not a fine dining course -
Would recommend for a peaceful break
Written February 16, 2024
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Chris H
Hermanus, South Africa417 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We enjoyed lunch at the estate. The facility is immaculate and we watched the ducks being taken off to clear the vineyards of insects. The small plate menu meal was absolutely delicious with a variety of interesting options
Written February 14, 2024
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mbr0409
Munich, Germany4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Unjsatisfying! They serve a ham and sausage dish without bread, you have to order additionally the roosterkoek. A young white waiter, very energetic, aside when it comes to serving customers. You want to smoke, there is an area without shade, when you ask this waiter, he ignores you.

You even have to bring your ice bucket with wine yourself to that area.

Never again, bad service.
Written November 21, 2021
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JanieBello
South Africa62 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
What a disappointment! This place has so much potential but the staff and the prices let it down. We went for Sunday lunch on a beautiful day.
One can sit outside under the trees and make up ones own picnic by buying from the deli on site or ordering from the kitchen.
The staff were so disinterested to the point of rudeness especially a young girl at the till point ( unfortunately didn’t get her name). At least another 3 customers complained about her rudeness.
Overpriced food - Dalewood Camembert R80. I pay around R40
And the cooked food was disappointing.
The runner duck parade was the only highlight. Go for that and skip all else.
Written February 3, 2020
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Hi JanieBello Thank you for visiting our beautiful farm and for taking the time to post a review of your experience. We sincerely apologize for any service you may have experienced that was well below the high standards we have set and take pride in. We will look into this with priority. Kindly afford us the opportunity to invite you back to our farm to enjoy a complimentary Legends wine tasting in our Homestead. We'd be most delighted to have you back to experience service with distinction at Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate. Again, please accept our apologies - we hope to see you soon. Kind Regards David
Written February 4, 2020
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