69 of 800 – Zevenwacht, Stellenbosch

Wine farm 69 of 800 is Zevenwacht Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine Route.

“Zevenwacht” translates to “Seven Expectations” in Dutch. The farm was founded in 1688 when the farm Langverwacht was granted to a French Huguenot wine farmer, Jeanne le Roux De Normandie. Today, it is a one stop destination – wine tasting, fine dining, braai and function facilities, picnics, kiddies play areas, accommodation, day spa, weddings and it even has a Heli Pad!

 

BOOKINGS: I would  suggest you make a booking by | Tel: +27.219005700 | Email: wine-tasting@zevenwacht.co.za they do also take walk ins.  
WINE TASTING: Choose from a maximum of 6 wines for R50. They also have a chocolate and wine pairing option for R65 pp.
WHEN TO GO:  I would recommend the tasting room for Winter and the restaurant for summer.
SERVICE: relaxed and informative.
RESTAURANT: The restaurant is exceptional and also offers kiddies areas, braai facilities, picnics and there is even a Day Spa.
ACCOMMODATION: Yes.
CHILD/PET FRIENDLY? Not recommended for pets but children are welcome as there is a large jungle gym area.
LARGER OR SMALL GROUPS? Best for 2 – 6 people.
LOCATION: About a 30 minute drive from Cape Town in the Kuils River area. Zevenwacht Wine Estate Google Map  
OTHER RATINGS: Learn what others have rated on Trip Advisor by reading the Zevenwacht Trip Advisor Review Page.

Here is my experience:

The tasting area is a bit of a mix of old school country charm with a 60’s twist. There is also a gift shop. If you do visit Zevenwacht, I would suggest that you arrive in the morning around 10am, do a tasting to experience the wines…

…and then head on over to the restaurant that overlooks the lake. It is stunning and their salads/picnics are the BEST!

I particularly enjoyed the Zevenwacht 7 Pinotage. It is really good value for money at only R68 a bottle. Enjoy smooth tannins with a good berry entry that also gives good depth – think dark chocolate and white pepper. Buy it from the Zevenwacht online store or you can find it at most retail outlets too. Don’t you just love the modern label.

At the tasting room, I booked a great spot right in front of the fire place – this is really the best spot in the house so I suggest you book it.

I did the chocolate and wine pairing for R65 pp. It included 4 artisan chocolates produced by Tomes paired with 4 wines. The tasting room stewards will take you through each pairing to bring out the best flavours int he wine. Delicious!

 

The cheese and wine pairing consists of 4 Cow’s milk cheeses, pre-selected and paired with 4 of the most popular wines in each range.
Tasting of 4 wines @ R23 p.p. + Cheese Platter for Two @ R35. No cheddar here. Each cheese was different and had added flavour like chili and fig.

There are also other options of wine tasting…

Premium Tasting
Includes any 5 wines from all three ranges @ R35.00 p.p. (Excludes the Z Collection)
Premium Tasting
Includes any 6 wines from all the Zevenwacht ranges @ R50.00 p.p.

Cellar Tours are complimentary and by appointment.

Here’s a hint – ask about the Zevenwacht Gewurztraminer white wine. Not many Cape Wine farms produce this varietal and you will find it really interesting.

I went on a game drive up to the top of the hill to Bakwena Day Spa. This venue is out of this world amazing. The rooms have panoramic views of Table Mountain. It was a pity that it was over cast when I visited. None the less, the fire place was calling my name 🙂 Check out the Bakwena Spa Specials. You can get a full day spa from as little at R1000 a day.

End your day off with a relaxing bed at the hotel, take a walk by the lake or even enjoy a braai.

With so much to do at Zevenwacht, make this a full day outing and even a sleep over.

So which farm will be next?

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