This is one of those hidden wine estates where unless you’re looking for it you’ll never know it’s there. Zorgvliet Wine Estate is definitely one of the most picturesque wine estates we’ve visited and we’ve visited quite a few. Established in 1692 just off the Helshoogte Pass, Zorgvliet is picture perfect with its contemporary Cape Dutch architecture and lush vineyards. Located just 5kms outside of the university town of Stellenbosch, Zorgvliet offers wine tasting, picnics, braai areas as well as accommodation and wedding facilities.
Many reviews will mention the fact that this wine estate is child friendly and encourages groups, couples and families alike. There is ample space for kids to run and play. In addition, there is a jungle gym available for children (and adults) to go crazy. Zorgvliet caters for vegetarians, kids, families of 4 and couples so there’s a little something for everyone.
There is ample parking space for visitors to park their cars or vans. Don’t be fools like us and park at the first parking lot and walk almost 2 kilometres in the sweltering heat to the tasting room. Mind you it was a beautiful walk. We got to explore the estate properly – almost walking into someone’s home…oops, it was hot and our brains were cooking, sorry.
During our unnecessarily long walk to the tasting room, we trolled through the beautiful Oak trees and horse paddocks lining Zorgvliet. It really is an idyllic setting. We were fortunate enough to enjoy some equine company. With quite a number of people enjoying wine tastings that day, those 2 chestnuts were definitely showing off. Galloping and neighing, they were having a good old time.
Horses, wine and sunshine! What more do you need? Walking around the tasting room was an interesting and beautiful experience. Wines are delicately placed to ensure optimum exposure. The attention grabbing architecture paired with the fabulous landscape work so well together. One can’t help but admire it. Zorgvliet’s layout exudes serenity, tranquility and a sense of home.
Once we had decided which tasting to do, we picked a table outside. We’d be mental not to pick an outside table. We chose to taste the Silvermyn Rosé, Silvermyn Sauvignon Blanc, the Zorgvliet Cabernet Sauvignon, Zorgvliet Merlot and the Zorgvliet Petit Verdot. Our tasting was highly enjoyable. We had a fantastic Assistant Wine Tasting Manager, Tshim. Enthusiastic, friendly and charismatic, Tshim provided us with an informative and interesting brief on all the wines we chose. We couldn’t have asked for a better briefing. Even though he was extremely busy, none of the briefings were short or rushed. Beautiful wines, a stunning setting, Zorgvliet is definitely quality over quantity.
Being surrounded by beauty is something us Capetonians tend to forget. Zorgvliet is lush, green, calming and the perfect place to spend a Saturday. If you’re looking to soak up the wholesomeness of the Stellenbosch Winelands and enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city, try Zorgvliet Wine Estate. They have food, wine, ample sunshine and bucking broncos, everything you need to have a memorable experience.
Because our parents still call us children, we ended off our day with a little swing opposite the deli. Who said swings were just for children? 😉 Don’t judge, we all enjoy different things 🙂