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Groot Phesantekraal History & Location
Groot Phesantekraal’s heritage dates back to 1698 when the land was given to its first owner, Olof Bergh, by Governor Simon van der Stel. In 1759 the property was sold to the Louw family and later purchased by Arend Brink in 1897.
Long known as a successful cattle, sheep and grain production operation, the farm was developed further when the present fourth-generation owner Andre Brink planted vineyards covering 60 hectares of its 850 hectare expanse. This boutique winery soon established a niche for itself in the Durbanville wine valley and is testament to the dedication of the Brink family in its daily running.
The farm is situated on the north-east outskirts of Durbanville 35 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, where the sea breeze from the icy Atlantic meets the dry heat of the interior. Blessed with its favourable location, good climate and fertile soil, the farm produces only a limited number of wines per year of superior quality and singular character.
Groot Phesantekraal Operating Hours
Wine Tasting: open Tue to Fri 8am-4.30pm, Sat & Sun 9am-3.30pm.
Restaurant: open Tue to Fri 8am-3.30pm, Sat & Sun 9am-2.30pm.
All times, prices and facilities listed are subject to change. We recommend checking latest details directly with the farm and pre-booking experiences wherever possible, to avoid disappointment.
Groot Phesantekraal Wine Tasting
Enjoy tastings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, bubbly Cap Classique or Rosé in our old stables, outdoors on the grassy terrace or inside our restaurant.
Young and old gather to enjoy delectable cheese and charcuterie platters while sipping their wine and enjoying the views across the vineyards and farmlands. Here and there a farm dog lolls in the shade while plump hens and chicks potter around in pursuit of a grub or two, adding a distinctly bucolic touch to the tranquil atmosphere.
Wine Tasting Prices
5 Standard Wines are priced from R80pp, and 5 Premium Wines are priced from R100pp. One tasting fee is waived with every purchase of R450 worth of cellar door wines.
Groot Phesantekraal Restaurants
The old stable, dated 1767, houses the recently rehabilitated restaurant which serves breakfast and lunch: a charming mixture of past and present. Features like the original stone floor and wooden mangers have been lovingly restored and blend seamlessly with pristine white furniture, ghost chairs, historical photographs and blue Dutch tiles.
Menus & Pricing
The seasonal menus are based on a combination of traditional cooking and contemporary country style, providing hearty, wholesome meals – a perfect foil to the farm’s wines.
Previous breakfast staples have included brioche French Toast and Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict. Lunch options include salads, Ribeye Steak with Hand Cut Chips, Lemon Butter Line Fish and Slow Roast Lamb. Main courses from R180pp.
Groot Phesantekraal Tours & Activities
Currently Groot Phesantekraal do not offer cellar or farm tours, however contact the estate if you have a particular group enquiry and they may be able to assist.
When Lucy Visited
Lucy has visited this wine farm, however hasn’t quite finished the official write up yet. Check back soon for the review!