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Once inside the shaded courtyard of this lovely terracotta stone building, you could be on the Mediterranean, in a dream world of endless summer holidays. The Helderberg mountains provide a stunning backdrop, and water splashes gently from the fountain in the centre of the courtyard. Around the fountain, the gravel is neatly swept, and there is a boules court laid out. There are deft design touches everywhere: fresh flowers on all the café style tables, straw sun hats hanging from pegs, cut lavender in pots on the wall, lemons in a bowl.
Waterford Estate pioneered the chocolate and wine tasting, and their dark and milk chocolates are handmade, and specially selected to pair with three very different varieties. The estate has won awards for the excellence of their tasting room staff, and they are all very friendly and knowledgeable. On rainy days when the courtyard is too cold, the tasting room itself is warm and inviting with a big fire and soft leather couches and armchairs.
You can book a two hour wine drive safari, travelling in a Landrover through the vineyards on this 120 hectare farm- a chance to soak up the marvellous views along with loads of information about growing and making wine. And the wine at Waterford Estate is special with Waterford’s flagship red blend, The Jem, developing quite a cult following despite being quite pricey.
The serenity of the courtyard is the memory that stays in my mind after every visit.
The Jem 2010
Kevin Arnold Shiraz 2011
Mon - Fri 9h00 - 17h00
Sat 10h00 - 17h00
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Waterford Wines (Pty) Ltd, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa, -33.998, 18.870049999999992