Located on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains in Somerset West lay Lourensford Wine Estate. Established in 1709, Lourensford Wine Estate consists of vineyards, fruit orchards as well as fynbos and forested land. Well-known for its rich floral history as well as its success in the fruit and wine industry, Lourensford Wine Estate is infamous for its breathtaking views, calming gardens, quality wines and interesting art studios. With all that said and done, Lourensford was an obvious choice for us!
Driving into the wine estate is a real treat. The estate is beautifully maintained. As you drive through the gates on your left you’ll enjoy your first glance at their vineyards with the Helderberg Mountains complimenting ever so gently. Once you’ve gotten over how wonderful the views are, your leisurely cruise will take you to the parking lot where you’ll find an abundance of gardens with sculptures of buffaloes, cheetahs and various human silhouettes. Lourensford Wine Estate is much more than just a wine estate. In addition to their tasting room, the estate also houses a restaurant, a contemporary function venue, art studio, coffee roasting company and market. They also boast an array of additional activities including clay pigeon shooting, guided hikes and trails, mountain biking, a spa as well as a lifestyle retreat studio.
With so much to see, we decided to roam the grounds a little before heading to the tasting room. You really have no other option than to admire the beauty that is Lourensford. There is ample space and green grass to just sit and appreciate the culture, heritage and tranquility of this estate. We explored the areas around the tasting room and photographed as much as we could and then headed in for some wine. The estate has 3 tastings on offer. The first tasting is the Standard Wine Tasting where you are able to choose any four wines on the list provided to you. The second option is the Belgian Chocolate and Wine Pairing which consists of the Limited Release Chardonnay with Orange Dark Chocolate, the Lourensford Estate Merlot with Dark Cherry Chocolate, the Lourensford Estate Shiraz with Dark Chili Chocolate and lastly, their Honey Liqueur with Dark Mint Chocolate. The last wine tasting option is their brand new Blind Wine Tasting Challenge where groups are poured 4 wines and have to identify them. If all 4 wines are identified correctly, the wine tasting fee is waived.
Not one for Saturday exams, we opted for the Standard Wine Tasting. Our selection included the MCC Brut, Rosé, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The MCC Brut was lovely, with hints of pineapple, kiwi and citrus, this Brut leaves you with a deliciously creamy aftertaste. Yes! We were off to a good start. The Rosé was equally delicious. We aren’t really fans of Rosé but we did enjoy this one. It was fresh and crisp with hints of rosewater and mulberries. Definitely refreshing for a rosé. After that little surprise, we moved onto the chardonnay – a wine we are always excited to try. Lourensford’s Chardonnay was fruity yet buttery with hints of melon, pineapple, toffee and lime – always a winning combination for us. This chardonnay is so freshly well-balanced, such a treat. Our last tasting was the Cab Sav. Also a favourite of ours, this Cab Sav was really smooth and well-rounded. We detected hints of mulberry and blackcurrant, just so good 🙂 We couldn’t complain about any of the wines. We enjoyed them all even the Rosé. If you’re lucky enough, one of the farm dogs will coax your attention and the next thing you know you’re on the floor providing some canine physiotherapy – yes, some of us are suckers!
After our yummy tasting, we decided to roam the rest of the grounds and check out the art studio. There is so much to see, enjoy and appreciate on this estate, you’d be silly not to visit it. Even though the Western Cape’s interior can be a scorcher, experiencing the beauty and serenity of Lourensford is well worth it. Food, wine, culture and an amazing setting is a mere 45 minutes away. We are so blessed with the sheer amount of fantastic wine farms in this province, most are so close and within our reach that there is no reason to deny yourself the pleasure of enjoying and supporting them. If you’re in the mood for a little wine and culture, check out Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.
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