Nederburg Wine Estate
Nederburg Wine Estate
A trip to the Cape is not complete until you have done the wine route too! There are so many places to choose from but I would have to say that my favourite one was Nederburg. It is situated in Paarl, under the Drakenstein Mountains where you can experience the vineyards on your one side and the mountain on the other. If you need to unwind and relax then this is the place for you to get to because not only can you experience the taste of their wines, you can also go on a tour to explore their history and how the estate began.
There is a tour and a museum which also includes a part of their beautiful thatch roofed home which was built in 1800 by the Dutchman, Phillipus Wolvaart. I am not going into the history of the building because that is something that you can experience for yourself but the house has one room that has been left as it was way back then!
In the Manor House you can also have a meal and it is either served to you inside or you can settle down outside on the patio where you overlook the vineyard and get to experience the incredible view with a glass of wine made on the estate.
We chose to have a cheese platter and a bottle of the Wine Master's Collection which went down extremely well as it was so smooth and light. This is a good wine if you intend on moving on to the other farms too.
What to See at Nederburg Wine Estate
The Red Table Restaurant is where you can go to have some wine, cheese or a meal and relax whilst soaking up the rays and looking out at the incredible view. You can discover how one man's dream became a reality because of his passion and you can see that the legacy has continued on and will continue on for generations.
The house has Batavian clay floor tiles which were laid down when the house was first built in the 1800's. The yellowwood shutters and original doors are also still there along with a handcrafted wall cupboard that was made by a sought- after craftsman in that time period.
One room in the house as been left untouched and it looks exactly as it would have all those years ago, with nothing faded or even worn.
The building is incredible and as you walk through the estate, you can actually capture the incredibly rich past.
How to Get to Nederburg Wine Estate
Nederburg Wine Estate Sonstraal Road, Daljosafat, Paarl
What do you think of Nederburg Wine Estate?
The Old Cellar Museum
When you explore a new place it is always a good idea to learn about the history and how it all came about, which is why there is a museum to offer you just that. You can learn about the winemakers and the mastering of their great wine that has a reputation as the most awarded name in South African wine.
You can also see why Nederburg is home to one of the world's five major wine auctions - The Nederburg Auction which is held annually with internationally recognised winemakers and connoisseurs who vie amongst each other to acquire South Africa's best wines.
The state of the art cellar can be toured daily and group bookings have to be made in advance.
The Old Cellar Museum, Nederburg
Nederburg Visitors Centre
An Experience at Nederburg
Nederburg Wine Estate offers you the option to enjoy their grounds at a festival or one of their many functions and events that they have but on a good day if you would like to sit and relax by escaping the crowds, you can enjoy a picnic during the months of October to April.
The grounds are so beautiful and majestic that it would be an ideal place to be able to have a picnic in between the Oak trees as you soak up the sun and surround yourself by the very picturesque gardens....you might even get a Squirrel to join you!
With the entrance to the farm giving you the opportunity to see the vineyards as well as the mountain in the background, you already have an experience before you have even entered the actual farm.
Once you get into the parking bay, the trees crate the ambience that puts you into relaxed mode before you choose to either enter the visitors centre, where you can taste the wines or you can go to the museum first and then stop over into the restaurant or give in to nature and take along a picnic blanket.
Either way this is an experience worth driving to and if need be, get yourself a driver so that you can enjoy the wine tasting experience as much as you like without having to drink and drive.
The wine route in the Cape can be dangerous if you stop and taste the wines at each one....they all taste so good that it is hard to say no to the next one but I recommend that you leave Nederburg for your last trip in order to unwind and relax before you get driving again.
The Garden at Nederburg, Paarl
Prices and Tours to Nederburg Wine Estate
If you are in the Cape then you will find transport easily available to get you to the wine route. I would suggest hiring a car so that you can explore each and every farm at your own pace where you can stop and take your time at the ones that are your favourite.
Buying wine for the amount of R250 gives you a free wine tasting experience but if you aren't sure if you would like to purchase a wine, you can then enjoy the wine tasting experience with the cheese experience given to you by the knowledgeable staff.
The cost of a wine taste is between R30 to R100 and this might change according to time.
The restaurant is not cheap but I found the wine affordable and we opted to go for a cheese platter whilst enjoying the tranquil gardens. A cheese platter is about R100 and a nice bottle of wine is R90 or so. The cheese platter is enough for two if you are not hungry and are just wanting something small but there are many options worth giving a try.
You will want to stay there the entire day once you sit down and overlook the vineyard because it automatically relaxes you.
Cheese and Wine Experience
Cape Town, South Africa
The Cape Province in South Africa is beautiful and there is a lot to do there and there are so many wine tastings and farms to go to that you might not have enough time in one day to do them all. I would suggest that you pick your favourites but Nederburg is definitely one of the best to experience.
The weather is always windy and cold late afternoon, no matter what anyone tells you! October to April is when you can picnic on the estate but try to get there early so that you can enjoy the sunshine without the wind.
When you get to Paarl there is an information centre that will give you a map of the route and it is easy enough to follow if you have a Garmin. Trying to find these places on your own is a waste of time so be sure to have someone that can find their way for you.