If you are a fan of red wine, then you have found a gem! Haskell is the first South African winery since the introduction of the Tri-Nations Challenge to win Best Syrah, Best Red Wine and Best Wine of the Show in the 2009 competition, where the finest wines of South Africa compete against others in Australia and New Zealand.
Haskell has an interesting women in wine story. Rianie Strydom is the General Manager and Winemaker at Haskell Vineyards since the beginning in 2005. She worked previously at Morgenhof wines for 10 years. If the surname sounds familiar, she is married to Louis Strydom who is also a winemaker at Ernie Els. Rianie was the first female member in recent years to be invited to join the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild and is still only one of two women in the Guild. Her wines have the accolades to prove how good of a winemaker she is.
BOOKINGS: Book your wine tasting in advance to avoid disappointment. Tel: +27 (0) 21 881 3895 | Cell: +27 (0) 60 997 9399 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Restaurant Email: email@example.com
WINE TASTING: Taste 5 wines for R50 pp which is wavered upon purchase of wine. Choose from two options. A Flagship range or Lifestyle range.
WHEN TO GO: This wine farm is best for the summer months.
LENGTH OF VISIT: This visit should not take you longer than 1 hour for wine tasting. If you eat at the restaurant, then you can make a day of it.
SERVICE: Professional and friendly.
RESTAURANT: Yes. The Longtable restaurant has a selection of small dishes, beautifully prepared and ideal for tasting different dishes at once. Almost tapas style, but more fancy.
OTHER AMENITIES: No.
ACCOMMODATION: Yes. Self-catering accommodation.
CHILD/PET FRIENDLY? Not recommended.
LARGER OR SMALL GROUPS? Best for 2 – 6 people but they can cater for up to 12 people (pre-booking a must!).
LOCATION: About a 45 minute drive from Cape Town in Stellenbosch region, close to Route 44 Market – Haskell Vineyards Directions.
OTHER RATINGS: Learn what others have rated on Trip Advisor by reading the Haskell Vineyards Trip Advisor Review Page.
Here’s my experience:
Haskell is situated in a security complex sharing land with neighboring farms. You will need to sign in and drive about 5 mins through the vineyards in order to get to the parking area.
It’s not a long walk to the tasting area.
You will walk through the restaurant to get to the wine tasting area situated to the right side of the restaurant.
The new decor is outstanding! I absolutely love the bar area and the magnificent blue velvet couch. I noticed that there were ramps for wheel chairs.
The outside area is even better! Listen to the sounds of the water fountain whilst overlooking some vineyards and mountains.
I recommend that you try the Flagship range because you can taste Syrah three ways (single vineyards). The vineyards of these different wines are exactly the same, the only difference being the terroir – the surroundings of where it is grown (where altitude, soil type, weather & water plays influence). What a treat! My favourite was Pillars 2013 Single Vineyard Syrah. It is described as having ‘sweet floral notes’ – 14 months in 30% new French oak barrels with coarse filtration. R445 a bottle.
The restaurant is a sort of tapas style restaurant similar to La Parada. So pick from a selection of small meals to treat your taste buds! They encourage getting a number of dishes to share with the table. This is so perfect for romantic couples.
For lunch I enjoyed Potato Gnocchi (mushroom ketchup, butternut squash and Gorgonzola) as starters, Smoked Beef Brisket (with bread and butter pickles and BBQ sauce) and a braised lamb shoulder (hummus, tsatziki, fermented chilli sauce and grilled flat bread) for mains. To end it off, I enjoyed their famous deep fried apple pie with salted caramel sauce! It was great value for money with each dish priced below R95.
Afterwards I took a short walk to the cellar. the estate is really picturesque.
And then took some photos in the vineyards.
I had a great time and I am sure you will too!
So which farm is next? 🙂