Wine farm 72 of 800 is Vredenheim in the Stellenbosch Wine Routes established 1625. Don’t just go for the wine tasting here, make a whole day of it. Start with the wine tasting but also be sure to book a nature drive to see their wildlife as well as lunch. This farm is also very well suited for business lunches, Kitchen teas, birthdays and weddings. It’s also kid-friendly with plenty of space for the kids to run around and play on the jungle gym.
BOOKINGS: I always recommend bookings! Plan your day by booking through the Vredenheim website contact details.
WINE TASTING: Taste 5 wines for R25. If you are a large group, then book here – Vredenheim wine tasting booking. You can also check out the big cat safari which includes wine tasting for R210 per couple. Vredenheim Big cat safari and wine tasting booking.
WHEN TO GO: Adaptable for summer or winter, best in summer (Sept – March).
SERVICE: Friendly and relaxed.
RESTAURANT: The restaurant has hearty meals of fine quality. This farm is also great for cakes and coffees.
CHILD/PET FRIENDLY? Kid friendly but not pet friendly.
LARGER OR SMALL GROUPS? Best for 4 – 6 people.
LOCATION: About a 30 minute drive from Cape Town in Stellenbosch. Vredenheim Wine Estate Google Map.
OTHER RATINGS: Learn what others have rated on Trip Advisor by reading the Vredenheim Trip Advisor Review Page.
Here’s my experience:
It’s just off the main road and next door to Spier Wine farm for those that know the area. As you drive in, you will see wildlife and will even cross some railway tracks. There is plenty of parking. The wine tasting section is to the right of the building and Hudson’s restaurant is to the left.
The wine tasting room is quite dark, stiff and old fashioned but it does have friendly staff, music and a fire place so it is not completely unwelcoming. The room is quite large so it definitely caters for tourists in large groups. There is also a gift shop and the facility is wheelchair friendly.
Note: If you don’t like seeing dead animals on the wall, then this farm is definitely not for you.
You can taste 5 wines for R25. This is more of a red wine farm however they also produce good white wines and even some MCC.
I started with the off dry Rosé Sparkling Wine. This wine is great for days with your girlfriends because it is also very well priced at R68 a pop. A vivacious blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon so it’s really fruity (but not sweet) and you will want to keep having more and more!
The Stellenbosch region is known to produce some great Cabernet Sauvignon’s and Vredenheim does not disappoint. Their flagship is the Gracious lady which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot for R120 a bottle. Definitely a food wine – just look at that colour – dark berries and woody notes.
If you prefer to sit outside, then Vredenheim can arrange wine tasting in the garden however I would suggest that you do a quick tasting inside to get some good service and then get a full glass/bottle of your favourite one to enjoy in the garden overlooking the lake. It’s beautiful!
Even better, pop on over to their restaurant at Hudsons and enjoy a hearty meal of good quality overlooking the garden.
So which farm will be next?