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Address: R44, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 880 0133
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Blaauwklippen Vineyards, the renowned Stellenbosch wine farm that...

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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Great 10 yr old Potstilled Brandy

Wonderful spot and pretty great Brandy! I had route canal treatment on 2 teeth before holidaying in Stellenbosch! What a treat to try a few Brandies out! I had my very own... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Durban, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful spot and pretty great Brandy! I had route canal treatment on 2 teeth before holidaying in Stellenbosch! What a treat to try a few Brandies out! I had my very own personal expert who advised me on what to try out. The first brandy was rough, the second smoother - the 3rd, a 10 yr old potstilled was superb.... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Disappointing wine tasting experience. 3 wines were sold out and as we walked in we were told that more than 3 people must choose the same 5 wines ?!? We were 6 people but only 4 tasting and it didn't make sense why we would have the same wines ? The explanation: for groups it becomes confusing for the wine... More 

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BKV1682, Global Sales & Marketing Consultant at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that your visit to Blaauwklippen was not of the standard that we pride ourselves to. Allow us to assure you that this is not the norm. Could you please provide us with your contact details, or contact us at natascha@blaauwklippen.com, so that we may try and resolve this issue to... More 

Hannover, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

The Blaauwklippen Family Market takes place on Sundays. Holidaymaker, families and friends meet at this market Enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon in an relaxing atmosphere in the shade of large wild fig trees. The Blaauwklippen Family Market is child and pet friendly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

We arrived and were greeted by some very nice staff. The wines tasted were very high quality. The introduction and descriptions of the wines were put across very well. The location of the vinery was vrry rural and theirfore peaceful. The vineyard could host quite a number of visitor groups. There was an opportunity to buy wines and other branded... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

After twenty years I have to still agree with myself, all of Blaauwklippen's wines, brandies, etc are still the very best. I'm a merlot lover especially. Go do their choc & wine pairing - it is an experience!! On Sundays they have a market as well, nice outing for the whole family.

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Somerset West, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

the market is lovely with a great variety! Beautiful grass and trees to picnic.Sadly the wine sales was unpleasant and in my opinion for a wine farm the blaauwklippen wine stand was under staffed and too small for the only wine seller at the market. I could not wait 15 minutes to return my glass, so i left it without... More 

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Gansbaai, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Spending time at Blaauwklippen is a must experience when visiting Stellenbosch. It is truly a beautiful and historic place, whether to sample the superb wines, experience the various wine pairings on offer or enjoying the bistro together with the gift and art shops at this magnificent estate. Although it sounds strange, do try the wine and chocolate pairing! We enjoyed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Variety of food stalls, really great food, unique hand crafts and Live music. Dirkie and talisa' performance was beautiful, guitar and violen. Also enjoyed the array of volkswagens on show.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

When we arrived at the estate, we where not sure where to go as the staff were less than helpful! We stood in the reception for about 20 minutes without a single staff member asking if they could assist us, and they were all walking around us. We wanted to go for wine tasting and clearly they do not need... More 

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BKV1682, Global Sales & Marketing Consultant at Blaauwklippen, responded to this review

Dear Customer, thank you for taking the time to share your personal opinion with us. We would like to inform you that all complaints are investigated thoroughly, hence the later reply. Please note that between the time of your visit and the time we are writing this there has been a change in management and staff, we have also taken... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Love the food and the vibe. We've been a couple of times. Took a picnic blanket and just parked off on the grass. Food pricey but good. Kids play area also pricey but there's lots of garden for them to just run around while the adults relax and listen to live music.

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