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Take the Brandy Route – just the thing for winter in the Western Cape

June 23, 2014

For a warming winter tot, what better to do than discover some of our fine local brandies. These historical distilleries are all located in and around Stellenbosch – up the R44 road from our guest house, Penny Lane Lodge, in Somerset West.

 

Louiesenhof Wines

marbonne potstillJust north of Stellenbosch on the R304, Louisenhof welcomes visitors to the tasting room to sample and purchase from their range.

In producing his wines, owner and winemaker Stefan Smit’s aim is to work ‘in harmony with nature, with as little tampering as possible’. This is made possible by the varied terroirs, which allow him to cultivate the most suitable cultivars and to implement sustainable cultivation practices.

 

Apart from wines, Stefan produces a unique style of port called Perroquet Cape Tawny and, since acquiring a beautiful, historic distilling kettle, he has begun distilling a connoisseur’s sipping brandy. Marbonne Potstill Brandy, is an alembic-distilled 16 year old blend of Limousin barrel-aged brandies – truly a connoisseur’s delight. Louiesenhof also offers a 3 Year Old Blended Brandy.

Open: Monday to Friday 09h00 to 17h00; Saturday & Sunday 10h00 to 17h00.  http://www.louiesenhof.co.za/index.html

 

 Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery

van ryn distilleryThe Van Ryn’s Distillery is housed in a beautifully preserved château-like complex on the banks of the Eerste River, just outside the centre of Stellenbosch on the R310.

Visitors can learn about the origins of Van Ryn’s dating back to 1845. See the burnished copper potstills and watch skilled craftsmen at work at the one distillery in the country with an on-site cooperage. Find out about the potstill method of producing brandies, and how they are matured and blended. Tastings with hand-crafted chocolate and coffee are on offer.

Open: Monday-Friday 08h00-17h00, Saturday 09h00-14h00  http://vanryn.co.za

 

Uitkyk Brandy Distillery

Uitkyk Brandy Cellar, situated on the R44 towards Paarl from Stellenbosch, produces one of South Africa’s finest 10 year old estate potstill uitkyk brandybrandies. Situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, this estate certainly has one of the most beautiful settings in the Cape, and is well worth a visit.

This fine brandy has the distinction of being the oldest estate matured potstill brandy in South Africa. Made for the brandy connoisseur, the brandy displays a potpourri of flavours, including fruit, vanilla, cloves and other spices. Made from Cincaut, Cabernet Sauvignon and Clairette Blanche grapes, Uitkyk 10 year Grand Reserve Brandy was double distilled in special 2000 litre pot stills heated over an open flame.

Enjoy a picnic and the splendid scenery from our lawns. Cheese platters are available. (Picnic bookings are essential.)

Open: Monday-Friday 09h00-17h00, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 10h00-16h00.  http://uitkyk.co.za

 

Tokara

tokara brandyThe modern Tokara winery is located at the top of the Helshoogte Pass (R310), 5km from Stellenbosch on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg.

Tokara 5 Year Old Potstill Brandy has been produced according to a traditional method in a Prulho alembic still, and matured in French oak vats. The annual production is very limited and each bottle is presented in an exquisite gift box.

The à la carte restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, with only lunch served on Sundays (closed on a Monday). The Delicatessen at the Olive Shed is open daily for breakfast and lunch (closed on Mondays).

Open: Monday-Friday 09h00-17h00: Saturday & Sunday 10h00-15h00.  http://www.tokara.co.za/

 

 

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