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Wine Pairing Opportunities in and around Somerset West

March 9, 2015

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Lourensford Wine Estate

Located here in Somerset West and just 10 minutes’ drive from us at Penny Lane Lodge, the Lourensford Wine Estate is situated at the foot of the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains. The estate property dates back to 1700’s and was originally a fruit farm established by the Dutch settlers. Now it boasts one of the most technologically advanced wine cellars in the Southern Hemisphere which is open to the public for viewing by appointment.

lourensfordThe tasting room offers a delicious chocolate and wine pairing with three reds and their speciality Honey Liqueur. Alternatively you can sample a selection of five of their current vintages.

The hand-made chocolates are available for sale. Cheeses, olives and olive oil and a range of freshly ground coffees also on sale.

Lourensford Wine Estate is open daily.


The House of JC le Roux

Located on Devon Valley Road off the main R44 through Stellenbosch, JC le Roux, makers of a range of champagne-like sparkling wines offer three different sweet pairings and a tasting of their special Méthode Cap Classique wines.

JC le RouxBubbly and M&Ms – 5 different sparkling wines paired with a variety of meringues and marshmallows.

Bubbly and nougat – 5 sparkling wines with nougat and Turkish delight alongside.

Non-alcoholic and fudge – 2 non-alcoholic sparkling wines with jelly tots fudge, coconut ice and cranberry fudge.

MCC tasting – 5 Méthode Cap Classique wines selected by the Cellar Master.

All tastings/pairings need to be booked in advance via their website:


Spier Wine Farm

One of the very first wine farms in the area, established in 1692, Spier is located between Somerset West and Stellenbosch on the R310 Baden Powell Road. Despite the age of the place it has a modern outlook in stunning surroundings.

Tastings include:

spierSpier Tasting: three wines from the Signature range and one from each of the two premium wine ranges, 21 Gables and Creative Block.

Chocolate and wine tasting: Spier’s chocolatiers have developed chocolates that complement the Méthode Cap Classique and Spier Creative Block blends

Children’s Grape Juice Tasting: the ideal way to keep the kids busy with a tasting of three different grape juices and an educational activity sheet highlighting the role insects play in the vineyards – all tremendous fun!

There are lots of other activities here too with two restaurants, picnics, a deli, art gallery and local craft market. Best of all is the Eagle Encounters which we recommend to all our guests, especially those with children.

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