80 of 800 – Yonder Hill, Stellenbosch

Wine farm 80 of 800 is Yonder Hill Wines in the Stellenbosch wine routes! Yonder Hill like to hang their hat on their quality Merlot – but also produce some great value for money white blends, red blends and even a dry Rosé.

This farm will make the perfect starting point for your wine tasting day. It is quite small and intimate and a tasting should not take you longer than one hour. Afterwards, I would recommend visiting Earnie Els Wines or Hidden Valley which is just a 5-10 minute drive down the road.

BOOKINGS: Book your wine tasting in advance to avoid disappointment.  To reserve your tasting, Email: tastingroom@yonderhill.co.za or Tel: +27 21 855 1008
WINE TASTING: Taste 5 wines with a small platter of olives at only R55 per person. Or add a cheese platter for R190. This is really great value guys!  I also like how they serve your wine in proper glasses.

WHEN TO GO:  This wine farm is best for the winter months as it has a cosy feel and a fireplace.
TIME OF VISIT: This visit should not take you longer than 1 hour.
SERVICE: Friendly and relaxed.
RESTAURANT: No.
OTHER AMENITIES: No.
ACCOMMODATION: No.
CHILD/PET FRIENDLY? Not recommended.
LARGER OR SMALL GROUPS? Best for 2 – 6 people.
LOCATION: About a 45 minute drive from Cape Town in Stellenbosch/Somerset West region  – The Helderberg. Yonder Hill Wines Directions. 
OTHER RATINGS: Learn what others have rated on Trip Advisor by reading the Yonder Hill Wines Trip Advisor Review Page.

Here’s my experience:

Finding Yonder Hill was really easy and it is clearly sign posted on the R44 road.

The drive into the farm boarders an Ankole (cow/bull) field. You will absolutely love the size of these creatures’ horns!

Parking under the trees was easy and it was only a short walk to the tasting room.

This is Stacy, my bestie and model for the day 🙂

The tasting room has a small and intimate, inside area…

Plus a wonderful upper deck overlooking the iconic mountain (found on the labels of their wine).

I met with wine maker, Abe Beukes, who took me on a tour of the cellar. Here, you can see the Inanda red blend 2017 maturing in the barrel. It was so nice and cool on a hot summer’s day.

Onto the tasting! The Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé (Merlot and Petit Verdot) was sitting on ice – deliciously refreshing! The waiters bring the wine to you so there is no need to move from  your seat.

The Merlot 2013 received a Platters 2018 4-star as well as a Gold for Vitis Vinifera 2017. It’s matured in French oak barrels for 18 months – great value at R190 a bottle.

I was also fortunate enough to try a bottle that Mr. Beukes was testing for readiness – the 2016 Nicola. It’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and only a small amount of quality barrels were selected for this blend. It’s rather premium at R250 a bottle which spent 18 months in French Oak Barrels. What a treat!

And how cute are these Christmas hats! What a cool gift idea!

Your visit is definitely not complete without taking a few photos in this open field. Mr. Beukes said that it won’t be open for long as they are planning on planting vines here plus renovating a room for weddings and functions – watch this space!

Don’t forget to catch the Ankole on your way out. 😉

I had a great time.

So which farm will be next?

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