The classical elegant Lanzerac Estate, nestled in the foothills of Stellenbosch’s picturesque Jonkershoek Valley is steeped in history dating back to 1692. This beautiful 320-year-old wine Estate is the perfect combination of old-world charm and modern elegance rich in heritage.
Lanzerac, with its classic Cape Dutch architecture, is one of those names synonymous with the Stellenbosch Winelands and is definitely one for the itinerary to experience its grand elegance, indulgent luxury, heritage and award-winning wines.
The estate is under new management and is currently receiving a refurbishment with the sophisticated Tasting Room and adjacent charming Delicatessen completed. The Hotel rooms are underway and the Spa is opening in December promising to be pure pamper heaven with the latest in technology. It houses a hydro pool for the ultimate wellness and relaxation. Treatments are still available at Lanzerac in a temporary area in the Manor House.
Lanzerac is home to the world’s first bottled Pinotage and the iconic Lanzerac Rosé, in the famous teardrop bottles. The Rose has become the longest-standing wine in the Lanzerac range, and is still produced in the teardrop bottle, although a slightly more modern version than the original.
I spent a cold winters day in their luxurious renovated, cosy wine tasting room beautifully decorated with gorgeous wooden tables with the name Lanzerac carved in and elegant chairs next to the fireplace indulging in a decadent chocolate and wine pairing, pure bliss.
The delicious chocolate and wine pairing consists of five wines paired with five chocolates. There are two white wines – the Sauvignon Blanc is paired with White Safari Fruit Chocolate, and the Chardonnay is paired with White Lemons and Limes Chocolate. The three red wines consist of Dark Cherry Cigar Chocolate paired with Merlot, the Pinotage is paired with a Chocolate Dipped Cherry, and is a sensational sensory experience that will have you craving more. You pop the whole cherry in your mouth and pull the stalk off to experience a cherry explosion in your mouth as the gooey centre melts into your mouth, yum! This pairing was definitely my favourite and the award-winning Pinotage is outstanding. Lastly there is the Milk Cape Malay Chocolate paired with Cabernet Sauvignon.
On sunny days you can enjoy your tasting on the veranda with views of the vineyards. If you are taking the kids with they can join in the tasting experience by ordering a chocolate board, which consists of the chocolates from the wine pairing minus the cherry bomb, as there is alcohol in it. To add to the chocolate board grape juice can be ordered to create a pairing experience for the kids so they feel included in the tasting fun.
The inviting and charming modern Delicatessen, conveniently located next to the tasting room, is perfect for families or a relaxed meal. The Deli serves delicious fresh, artisan produce including breads, cakes and pastries baked daily. You can choose to create your own sandwich or platter from the selection of charcuterie and cheeses on offer. Aromatic coffees, specialty teas, homemade ice tea & juices can be ordered. Picnic baskets are also available to be enjoyed in the Deli’s garden overlooking the vineyards. Delicious home-made jams, chutneys and sauces are available to purchase. In summer you can enjoy your deli meal on the comfortable seating outside in the beautiful garden.
To end my decadent experience at Lanzerac, I enjoyed a delicious cheese board in the Delicatessen with a selection of eight cheeses, paired with a glass of the award winning Pinotage, a perfect combination. This certainly was a perfect afternoon of indulgence and decadence in a beautiful setting.
On the Estate there are two restaurants, the Terrace Restaurant offers an alfresco lunch and the elegant Governors Hall Restaurant, a ﬁne dining experience or enjoy sophisticated drinks at the chic Esquire Whiskey & Cigar Bar.
Lanzerac Hotel offers 5-star luxury accommodation, and the ﬁnest hospitality with indulgent luxuries in their exquisitely styled rooms and suites. The welcoming interiors are a blend of period grandeur and contemporary style with beautiful furniture, carefully selected from all over the world to bring the finest quality and comfort.
Experience true elegance and the heritage of the Stellenbosch Winelands at this beautiful Estate.
1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 887 1132 | www.lanzerac.co.za