Luxury life at Oldenburg Vineyards

Wine-tasting at Oldenburg Vineyards is an exclusive affair. Instead of a crowded tasting room with drunken students (we’ve all been to one of those!), architect Simon Beerstecher and interior designer Kelly Hoppen created a peaceful setting with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards. And instead of fancy pairings to please the people begging them to serve meals, you can get a taste of something better.

Back in 2002, Adrian and Vanessa Vanderspuy commissioned a study to assess the location’s potential for making great wine. The results were positive, so they purchased the farm from a family trust in 2003 and replanted all 30 hectares of vineyards. They released their first reds in 2008 and the first whites in 2010. The following year, the Cellar Door opened so that everyone else could taste the magic too.

Fast-forward to the present and Oldenburg Vineyards, recent winners of three trophies at the International Wine Challenge, sell a lot of their wines to British Airways for passengers on Business and First Class. But during our recent overnight stay, we got to enjoy some of the special varieties: the 2014 Chenin Blanc, 2012 Chardonnay, 2011 Syrah (all gold winners at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards) and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (rated 5 stars in the John Platter Guide).

As if that wasn’t enough of a treat, there was more waiting back in our rooms at the luxurious homestead. Not just the joy of underfloor heating on a nippy night, and shutters that completely blocked out the next morning’s too-early sun, but a bottle of the Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Selection from 2009. With a production of only around 3000, it doesn’t get more exclusive than that!

Tasting hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:30. Saturdays and public holidays are 10:00 to 16:00 from October to May and by appointment only from June to September. Call +27 (0) 21 885 1618, email cellardoor@oldenburgvineyards.com, or go to www.oldenburgvineyards.com.

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