In Their Words
Waterford Estate History & Location
Waterford Estate is situated in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley, in the world-renowned Stellenbosch region. We believe in the old adage of ‘less is more’. There is nothing pretentious or ostentatious about the Estate, rather the visual impact is one of a seamless whole, which complements rather than detracts from the surrounding natural beauty.
The Estate offers a relaxing setting where guests can sit and enjoy various tasting options. With the wine cellar built surrounding the courtyard, guests can observe the workings of the winery, and get a true feel for the wine making process without disrupting the tranquillity of their tasting experience.
In addition to our cellar door experiences, we also offer two vineyard experiences: the Wine Drive Safari and Porcupine Trail Walk. At Waterford Estate, we wish to explore all the senses – sight, smell, sound, touch and taste, in order for our guests to experience both what is inside and outside the bottle.
Waterford Estate Operating Hours
Wine Tasting: open daily 10am-5pm.
SALT Restaurant: open Tue to Sun 11.30am-3.30pm.
High Tea: available Jun to Sep, Sat & Sun only at 3pm (pre-booking required 24 hours in advance).
Summer Picnics: available Sat & Sun, Oct to May only, between 11am-2pm. Pre-booking essential.
Live Music: on special event or concert days. Please check with the estate for details.
Wine Drive Safari: on application (bookings required a week in advance).
Porcupine Trail Walk: on application (bookings required a week in advance).
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.
Waterford Estate Wine Tasting
Whether you’re a wine novice or master, a fun-loving traveller or a foodie, there’s a Waterford Estate tasting experience with your name on it. Our range includes the award-winning The Jem, plus Kevin Arnold Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé and bubbly Cap Classique.
Our range of tasting experiences make it easy to explore the team’s award-winning wines, right where they’re produced, in a way that suits your preference. We also offer a handcrafted platter of locally cured meats and deli items, for R280 for 2.
Wine Tasting Prices
Waterford Estate’s diverse range of tastings vary with the seasons. In summer expect a tasting of 3 whites and 1 rosé from R75pp, a Wine & Chocolate Experience including 2 reds & a natural sweet wine for R95pp and a Portfolio Tasting of site-specific and Estate wines for R95pp.
They also have a Jem Tasting – an experience of Waterford Estate’s flagship wine – for R115pp, an Estate Experience paired with chocolates for R125pp, a Library Collection Tasting for R295pp and a Salt & Wine Tasting for R125pp.
Waterford Estate Restaurants
Waterford Estate’s flagship restaurant SALT features a curated lunch menu, plus a weekend High Tea experience with a unique progression of savoury and sweet delights. Dining can be enjoyed inside or outside in the Courtyard.
The Estate also offers fully prepared summer picnics on the lawns, on Saturdays and Sundays between October and May only. All you need do is kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy the magnificent views and delicious fare. All picnic spots are shaded – either under our old olive or pin oaks or our generous sized umbrellas.
Menus & Pricing
SALT’S philosophy is “cook with flavour, keep it simple and use your ingredients to their best potential’. Previous menu items have included Heirloom Tomato Salad, Fish Bouillabaisse, Seared Steaks, Tofu Stir Fry and Handmade Pasta. Main courses from R275pp and this includes a glass of wine.
SALT’s weekend High Tea includes a selection of sweet and savoury options including a tea or coffee for R325pp. A wine pairing option or Cap Classique tasting option can be added for R70pp. Pre-booking essential 24 hours in advance.
Classic picnics include options such as rare roast beef with horseradish cream, goats cheese, chicken caeser wrap, pate and chocolate pot. Prices from R540 for 2 excluding drinks. A vegetarian picnic is also available for the same price.
Waterford Estate Tours & Activities
Waterford Estate offer 3 types of vineyard ‘Drive Safaris’ which take in the beauty of the 120 hectare Estate.
The flagship 3 hour Wine Drive Safari includes tasting of award-winning Estate wines amongst the vineyards of their origin, as guests are expertly guided through all the aspects of what makes this area so viticulturally unique. The tour includes various light snacks and a Wine and Chocolate Tasting back at the winery. Price from R1450pp. Bookings are required 7 days in advance.
The Mini Wine Drive Safari is a shorter 2 hour trip in the safari vehicle, with two wine tasting stops as well as light snacks. Price from R1150pp. Finally, there is a 1 Hour White or Red Wine Drive which includes a 1 hour tour of the Estate in the safari vehicle. Price from R850pp. Please contact the Estate to pre-book.
Waterford Estate also offer a unique Porcupine Trail Walk, exploring the rich diversity of our indigenous fauna and flora over three different routes, offering different levels of intensity. A selection of three wines and a light lunch are included, followed by a Wine and Chocolate Tasting back at the winery. Prices from R650pp and bookings are required 7 days in advance.
Should you have any enquiries regarding other group functions, please contact the Estate for more information.
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