Hazendal Wine Estate

Hazendal Wine Estate

Stellenbosch Wine Region
Heritage Estate
Innovative & Family-Friendly
Golf, Weddings & Luxury Homestead

In Their Words

Hazendal History & Location

Located in the scenic Bottelary Hills of Stellenbosch in close proximity to Cape Town, historic Hazendal Wine Estate offers guests of all ages a myriad of activities and memorable experiences to explore.

Hazendal’s origins stem from 1699, when German settler Christoffel Hazenwinkel made his way to South Africa’s Cape. Hazenwinkel worked for Governor van der Stel, who granted him 60 hectares of land. Inspired by his own name and the population of Cape hares which inhabited the area at the time, Christoffel named the farm Hazendal, Dutch for ‘valley of the hares’. The first Cape Dutch buildings were erected in the 18th Century and then in 1831, the farm was bought by the Bosman family, remaining in their hands for five generations, during which time the first vines were planted.

Hazendal has been owned by a family foundation since 1994, which is passionately committed to the ongoing preservation and sensitive development of the estate.  In 2018, after a period of extensive renovation, Hazendal reopened as a multi-faceted Winelands destination, bringing together the farm’s rich history and heritage with contemporary design and innovative ideas.

Full of fun, Hazendal is a kids’ paradise, and we pride ourselves on being a destination that caters for all, serving contemporary global cuisine alongside boutique wines, in a place where modern architecture blends seamlessly with Cape Dutch history.

Hazendal Operating Hours

Visit the following website for operating hours and to make a booking:
https://www.hazendal.co.za/opening-times-and-reservations/

Hazendal Wine Tasting

As one of the oldest estates in the Bottelary Hills, Hazendal boasts a long tradition of winemaking excellence, crafting wines that truly express the coastal terroir of this unique corner of South Africa’s winelands.

Set in the farm’s original 1870 wine cellar, the Wine Lounge is a beautifully refurbished venue to discover the cellar’s terroir-driven range of wines including our everyday Heritage Wine Range and flagship Hazendal Estate Range.

In addition to wine tasting, we also offer Sensory Experience of approximately 2-hours that includes a tour of our cellar and food and wine pairing, in our elegant subterranean Wine Library.

Hazendal Restaurants

Hazendal offers a number of dining locations and experiences including The Deli, The Restaurant, outdoor picnics, and The Eatery opening December 2023.

At The Deli offer indoor and outdoor seating for lovely views across the lawns and secure toddlers’ playground.

The Restaurant is one of the newest additions to the estate at The Hazendal. Enjoy a memorable taste of the Cape winelands, and an array of fine food and wine experiences to create a delightful journey of discovery for all the senses.

The Picnics can be enjoyed on the spacious shaded lawns, at one of our pre-booked garden picnic areas or alongside the lush wetlands. With streams to splash in and outdoor sculptures to explore, the picnics are ideal for families and friends.

Hazendal Tours & Activities

The estate features an enormous range of amenities and attractions to explore.

Magical Wonderdal is Hazendal’s one of a kind, fully supervised kids’ edutainment centre combining learning with play, magic and innovation, designed for kids aged 5-13. Each little adventurer journeys through the worlds of science and nature, whilst parents are free to explore the Estate for a much-needed break. 

Elsewhere on the Estate, our toddler’s play area is the spot where little ones can climb and play to their heart’s content, while lush lawns are the perfect runaway for busy feet- all close to The Deli seating area.

For the Golf lovers there is Hazendal’ s 18-hole Par-3 golf course and driving range. This world-class facility features USGA conforming bent-green grass, various putting, chipping and pitching greens, a high-tech, two-tiered driving range and a junior and youth golf academy.

We also have a family-friendly Putting Park, with 27 holes of adventure golf designed for kids and adults alike alongside a new jungle gym.

For car lovers, don’t miss the Classic Car Collection next to Wonderdal, featuring a rotating mix of 8 vintage automobiles including Bentleys and Rolls Royce’s. Free entry all year round.

For lovers of art, The Marvol Gallery is housed in the historic old homestead. This unique exhibition space offering art, culture, and history, with rotating exhibitions, talks and events. Free entry.

The Hazendal Hotel offers its own Padel facilities, with a world-class Padel court custom-built to provide both in-house guests and day visitors the opportunity to play amidst the beauty of the Stellenbosch winelands.

With a multitude of showstopping spaces and venues of all sizes, Hazendal are hugely popular for weddings and events. From our subterranean Avant Garde & The Wine Lounge, breathtaking Glasshouse, floating pavilion overlooking the splendour of the Winelands and beautiful exclusive-use Homestead, we have an option to suit all celebrations. Contact us for more information.

Hazendal Accommodation

Dating back to 1790, Hazendal’s remarkable Cape Dutch Homestead has been sensitively restored and converted into an exclusive-use 5-bedroom sanctuary. Boasting period furniture over two floors, striking artworks and luxurious interior décor, the guesthouse can accommodate up to 10 guests.

Guests at The Homestead also enjoys dedicated staff at the service, curated art tours by the Marvol Gallery, complimentary access to the Wonderdal kids’ experience and a tasting experience in the Wine Lounge.

Brand new to the estate is The Hazendal, a five-star luxury boutique hotel conveniently located at the gateway to the world-famous Stellenbosch Wine Route. The Hazendal presents a variety of accommodation options, each tailored to offer distinct memorable experience for both leisure and corporate travellers. Guests enjoy a private cinema, swimming pool and landscaped courtyard, The Restaurant, The Bar, The Cigar Lounge, and The Hazendal Spa.

Visit the following website for operating hours and to make a booking: https://www.hazendal.co.za/opening-times-and-reservations/

When Lucy Visited

Complete Day Out
Elegant, Quirky & Interesting
Something For Everyone

I’ve visited quite a few wine farms now, yet can honestly say Hazendal blew me away with its completely unique offering. Whether you’re travelling solo, are in a couple or group, are hosting a wedding or corporate event, Hazendal will have an experience designed with you in mind – and what’s more, they are constantly evolving. I just love their ethos!

So What Makes Hazendal Stand Out?

The vast array of activities and facilities on offer, for starters. The current owners purchased Hazendal in 1994 and spent years meticulously redeveloping it before reopening in 2018. This included removing and replanting vines, restoring the 18th and 19th Century Cape Dutch buildings back to their original splendour and building new state of the art leisure and educational facilities.

From the magical kids’ education centre Wonderdal, to their brand new world class driving range and golf course, classic car displays, glossy interiors and spectacular wedding venues, they have ambitiously reimagined Hazendal to be a destination brimming with both heritage and contemporary style, yet proud to be a little quirky too.

So What About The Farm Itself?

Although part of the Stellenbosch Wine Route, Hazendal is located just beyond the borders of Cape Town’s northern suburbs, making it an easy day trip from either the city centre (30 mins) or Stellenbosch (20 mins). This area, known as Bottelary Hills, is rich with wine and farming history; expect pretty rolling farmland scenery and distant mountains rather than towering peaks.

Most of the estate is centred around a grassy lawn area (or ‘werf’), off which you’ll find the magnificent 5 Bed Cape Dutch Homestead (now available as luxury exclusive-use accommodation), The Deli and toddler play area, Wine Lounge, Marvol Art Gallery, Glasshouse Wedding & Dining Venue plus the Instagram-worthy Wedding Pavilion, which seemingly floats on water. This grassy area is also popular for picnics.

Within a 2 minute walk you’ll also find Wonderdal, the kids’ educational facility; the Classic Car glass showroom; snack food truck; or head a further 3-4 minutes walk and you’ll find the Golf Course, Driving Range, Putting Park and kids’ jungle gym. It’s quite easy to walk around as it’s relatively flat.

What Is There To Do ?

Firstly there are several ‘free’ activities at Hazendal which all guests can enjoy. Wander around the grounds, visit the rotating Classic Car collection and admire the artworks on display at the Marvol Gallery. If there is no one is in residence, take a peek inside the spectacular 19th Century Homestead which has been lovingly restored, complete with beautiful period features and luxury fittings. This boasts 5 bedrooms and dedicated staff at service of the homestead and would be perfect for a family getaway or wedding party.

For kids there is a toddlers play area next to the Deli, or for older kids there is a jungle gym by the child-friendly Putting Park. The big draw however is Wonderdal, a ‘one of a kind, fully supervised edutainment centre combining learning with play, magic and innovation – allowing children aged 5-13 to journey through the worlds of science and nature’. My step sons (aged 4 & 10) haven’t been yet as I’m waiting for the youngest to turn 5, but it’s a popular spot for parents to safely drop their kids off, for 2 supervised hours whilst they relax elsewhere on the estate. Expect bright lights, things to feel, buttons to press and activities galore. Check www.wonderdal.co.za/ for the latest entrance fees as they often run specials.

For golfers, Hazendal have just opened a brand new 18 Hole Par 3 Golf Course, Driving Range and Golf Academy, with state of the art technology suitable for both novices and the more experienced. I won’t lie, I’m not a golfer so won’t embarrass myself here by showcasing my complete lack of knowledge, but my husband is a golfer and he was seriously impressed!

What Food Options Are There?

Several – there are plenty of familiar options across the extensive menus including items for kids, vegetarians, vegans and gluten-intolerant guests.

The Deli is modern and welcoming, with plenty of indoor and outdoor covered seating best suited to groups or families with kids, who can run freely on the adjacent lawns or toddler play area. The Deli is also where you can pick up one of Hazendal’s popular picnics. I saw several groups picnicking on bean bags on the lawns right up until late afternoon, which looked so relaxing.

Finally, if you’re looking for a food and wine pairing experience, check out the Tours & Activites section below.

What About Wine Tasting?

With all this talk of tea, golf, kids and food, you might be forgiven for forgetting that this is a wine estate! Hazendal replanted all their vines during the refurbishment, so currently use a mix of locally sourced grapes and their own, for their two wine ranges. That said, they are hugely excited to ramp up production of their estate wines, as more of their new vines become ready for harvesting.

Wine tasting is centred around the warm and stylish Wine Lounge, which comes complete with a showstopping central fireplace, clever mood lighting, exposed brick, high ceilings, a piano, welcoming bar and an outside patio. Below ground they also have a beautiful Wine Library where they host their pre-booked food and wine pairing Sensory Experience, which comes complete with a cellar tour. There are also a number of stylish spaces for private hire.

I sat at the bar and my wine host, Caroline, was utterly brilliant. Really enthusiastic, personable and informative, and I loved that she quizzed me on my likes and dislikes, challenging me to try something I thought I didn’t like. As you can select any 3 wines from either their everyday Christoffel Hazenwinkel range or Premium Estate Range, I opted for 3 of their premium estate whites. I have to say, hats off to the winemaker as the oaked Chardonnay – my least favourite white – was so delicate, perfectly fragrant with apricot, buttery and smooth – I left a complete Chardonnay convert!

What About Tours & Experiences?

I was invited to Hazendal to try their exclusive 2 hour food and wine pairing ‘Sensory Experience’. Wow. On arrival, you’re offered bubbly and introduced to your host in the Wine Lounge (or if free, the upper private room overlooking the wine lounge). You then enjoy a short tour where your host explains about the history of Hazendal, their future plans and of course their wine. Following a show around the pristine cellar, you descend into their stylish subterranean Wine Library for an afternoon of decadence.

In addition to the bubbly and cellar tour, the Sensory Experience includes 6 generous tastings of Hazendal’s premium wines, paired with 6 tapas style small plates, ingeniously housed in a glass tower inspired by the Babushka doll (where you have a layer inside a layer inside a layer). Expect sweet and savoury morsels perfectly paired with the sublime wines (my faves were the Chenin 2018, the Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2018 and the Syrah 2017). This isn’t a full lunch however it is an exciting journey around the culinary world, hosted almost one on one by expert staff where the attention to detail and service is paramount. I enjoyed every moment (even the ox tongue mini pie!) and would go again in a heartbeat.

In Summary

A fantastically innovative estate which really does offer something for everyone. Come for the afternoon to explore, dine and relax, lets the kids loose in Wonderdal, tee off on the golf course, host your next corporate event in style or splash out with the family and stay overnight in the incredible Homestead. What’s there not to like?

Top Tip!

Even though Hazendal has many drinking and dining venues, it can get busy – especially at weekends. Definitely plan and pre-book your experiences or better still, visit mid week when there may be specials on and fewer people.