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Discover The Hidden Stellenbosch Vineyard Where You Can Sip Wine Favoured By Monaco’s Prince Albert
Wake up to the sun rising over the Helderberg at Stellenbosch’s Premier Wine Estate
Imagine a beautiful, quiet landscape. You’re sipping wine favoured by royalty and sharing delicious meals with the people you love. Sound like paradise? Then you need to check out Haskell Vineyards in Stellenbosch.
From the romantic lookout point to the welcoming feel of the Residence and Cottage accommodations, Haskell Vineyards offers you more than just an excellent wine tasting, it gives you an experience unlike any other, and you can easily see how it is a hidden favourite of all that have discovered it.
SHARE A PLATE WITH YOUR FRIENDS
The design of the Longtable Restaurant with its beautiful artwork and steampunk-like decor makes you feel as though you are in the middle of trendy Woodstock, but the minute you look out the window, you are arrested by the beauty of the vineyard views.
When the idea was conceived for the Longtable Restaurant, it was meant to inspire a sense of community in patrons: To sit together, enjoy good food, fine wine and excellent conversation. The restaurant opened following a renovation in December 2017, and while it has a stylish update, the same concept still applies and the restaurant encourages guests to share and compare their food. They describe the experience as a “food adventure” with a diversity of flavour, led by Head Chef Charles Joubert. All the ingredients are sourced locally and some of the vegetables are even grown in the vineyard’s own garden so that every bite that you take feels authentic.
If you are in the mood for a romantic or family picnic, Haskell Vineyards has the perfect picnic spot overlooking the Helderberg Mountain and the estate’s vineyards. This is also an ideal spot for a baby shower. Bring your own picnic baskets, drink some wine from the estate and become immersed in the tranquility and simplicity. Space is limited though, so make sure that you book well ahead.
The Longtable Restaurant is also the perfect location for a small wedding – it seats 40 people, 70 maximum if you incorporate the outside area as well. It will give you the intimate, magical wedding that you have always wanted.
DRINK LIKE A PRINCE (OR A PRINCESS)
There are two different ranges of wine: Haskell wine, their flagship range, and Dombeya wine, which is the lifestyle range. Since opening in 2002, the wine farm’s emphasis has been on unique, terroir-driven wines. About 8000 cases of wine (which translates to about 96 000 bottles) are produced every year.
Even though Haskell is particularly known for its Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, it has some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in South Africa. The wine farm has received the prestigious 5-star accolade from Platter’s Guide and is the first South African winery since the Tri-Nations Challenge to win Best Syrah, Best Red Wine and Best Wine of the Show in the 2009 competition. The Longtable Restaurant also sells their wines (Dombeya and Haskell) at cellar door price.
The Dombeya range was named after the original estate and pays homage to the Dombeya tree, which is scattered across the vineyards and represents a cycle of regeneration and renewal. The Dombeya range was also the wine Prince Albert of Monaco served at his 2011 wedding to former South African swimmer, Charlene Wittstock.
WARM, COSY AND CLASSICALLY VINTAGE ACCOMMODATION
When staying at Haskell Vineyards you have a choice between two luxurious spaces — The Residence and the Cottage. Both have a rustic, vintage look about them and have a unique feeling of being both elegant and homely.
The Residence is a beautiful country house equipped with two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a dining room, fully-equipped kitchen, a TV room, free Wi-Fi, laundry room, braai and fireplace. The Cottage is a loft-style apartment with one bedroom, a kitchenette, a bathroom with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a veranda.
Tip: The Haskell range of wines is a large drawing point, as these are not commonly available in all liquor stores – they are mostly exported, but they have you covered with their excellent online store that stocks most of their ranges.
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