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Morgenster History & Location
Family-owned and family-run, Morgenster Estate has a history dating back 300 years. Situated near the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West, we produce award-winning Bordeaux-styled wines, Italian cultivars and extra virgin olive oil.
In 1992 Giulio Bertrand bought Morgenster. With a lifelong philosophy of producing only the best, Giulio sought advice from experts who suggested that Morgenster’s terroir was perfectly suited to red wine grape varieties and olives. While it is part of Italian culture to produce fine wines and olives together, the concept was an innovation in South Africa at the time. Giulio set out to produce world class Bordeaux-styled wines and the highest quality extra virgin olive oil that South Africa had ever seen.
Giulio passed away in 2018, and his two daughters, Federica and Alessandra, are carrying his dream forward. We aim to inspire people to dream big, through sharing our founder’s story, his persistence, tenacity and unflinching commitment to quality.
Morgenster Operating Hours
Wine, Olive & Olive Oil Tasting: open daily 9am-5pm.
Botanicum Restaurant: open Tue to Fri 12pm-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm & Sun 9am-5pm.
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.
Morgenster Wine Tasting
We produce authentic wines that represent Morgenster’s unique story; every bottle carries our land’s DNA out into the world. Our range includes premium Bordeaux-style blends, single varietals as well as Italian varietals.
Visit our contemporary Tasting Room, perched on the edge of a dam, with views of mountains and wetlands. Visitors can experience a variety of both wine and olive oil tastings in this bucolic setting, as well as an Italian platter.
Wine Tasting Prices
Sample 4 Single Cultivar Range wines for R50pp, 5 Italian Collection wines for R55pp or 3 of our Premium Range wines for R75pp.
We also offer a 3 Olive Oils, Balsamic Vinegar & Wines Tasting (with olives, bread and crackers) for R95pp, or you can opt for this option without the wines for R55pp. We also have an Italian Cheese & Charcuterie Platter for 2 for R190, or the full Italian Experience of an olive oil tasting, Italian Cheese & Charcuterie Board and a bottle of either our Nabucco (Nebbiolo) or Vermentino for 2, for R395.
Our family-friendly restaurant serves modern European cuisine, using the best seasonal produce, alongside terroir-driven wines.
We have plants and botanicals to thank for blurring the borders between interior and exterior spaces. This connection with nature and bringing the outdoors in, spills across the open layout of the restaurant. Our aim is to convey a sense of place, with an interior epitomising simplicity and sophistication. Eat, drink and enjoy the view!
Menus & Pricing
Sample items include avo on toast, bagels and omelettes for breakfast, plus salads, seared fish, fresh risottos, grilled meats, burgers and sourdough pizzas for mains. Snack platters including olives, cheeses and meats are also available as are vegan and vegetarian options. Main courses from R110pp.
Morgenster Tours & Activities
Currently Morgenster do not offer cellar or vineyard tours.
Known as the Father of Olive Oil, Giulio Bertrand paved the way for South Africa’s olive oil culture releasing the estate’s first olive oils into the market in 1998, made in the purist way with no additives. To this day our estate continues to produce pure, unadulterated extra virgin olive oil according to the vision and expertise of our founder. You can shop and taste a selection of our olives, olive oil and olive paste, in our contemporary Tasting Room.
When Lucy Visited
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