Lourensford Wine Estate
From Spring blossoms on the fruit trees to new buds on the vines or one of glorious Proteas which thrive on the farm, Lourensford Estate in Somerset West offers a visual feast across 4 000 hectares of forest, Fynbos, fruit orchards, vineyards and mountains.
As one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates, Lourensford is also home to an extensive variety of birdlife and a rich diversity of wildlife with Cape Mountain Leopards, caracal, grey duiker, Cape grysbok, honey badger, porcupine, genet, mongoose and otter to be found on the property.
Established in 1709, Lourensford has a proud history as a world-class fruit farm. The winemaking tradition was revived in 1998 and the Estate currently has about 100 hectares of vines.
From the vineyard to the cellar, the Lourensford team led by Cellarmaster Hannes Nel pays meticulous attention to creating quality, refined wines with minimal interference to maintain the purest form of the grape.
2018 witnessed the unveiling of the Estate’s elegant new flagships, the Chrysalis Red Blend 2015 and Chrysalis White Blend 2015. This is the culmination of years of dedication and passion to capture the essence of Lourensford’s unique terroir in a wine.
From Chrysalis to the awarded Limited Release and The Dome ranges, the ever popular River Garden Classique and River Garden Flower Collection wines – Lourensford’s wines bring winemakers and wine lovers together, providing the perfect and most delicious pairing for any occasion. Lourensford even produces a Honey Liqueur, made with honey harvested from hives on the farm.
The Tasting Room is open daily from 9 am – 5 pm (closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day). There are Standard and Premium Tastings, as well as Belgian chocolate and Wine Pairing and a Blind Wine Tasting Challenge. Cellar Tours are offered by appointment.
Additional attractions on the farm are the weekly markets, The Millhouse Kitchen restaurant, Life Retreat Lifestyle Shop & Wellness Spa, The Coffee Roasting Co. and Frans Groenewald’s art gallery. Lourensford also offers garden tours led by an expert guide and experienced horticulturist, Johan West, who shares the stories of how Keith Kirsten and award-winning designer Raymond Hudson shaped the landscape.
Befitting the spectacular natural setting, Lourensford Estate, who is one of WWF South Africa’s Conservation Champion wine farms, is justifiably proud of its green credentials.
The historic farm on the slopes of the Helderberg invests in sustainable energy with the 686kWh solar plant generating 2800kWh daily, enough to run the winery with the surplus fed to the grid supplying the rest of the estate.
“Our vision is one where economic stability and environmental sustainability go hand in hand in a profitable partnership,” says Koos Jordaan, GM of Lourensford Estate. “The solar power plant forms part of our sustainable agriculture and conservation programme, which has also seen Lourensford protect about 1200 hectares of Fynbos and plant an extensive Protea farm across 18 hectares.”
The scenic splendour combined with world-class wines ensure Lourensford Estate is a popular destination for locals as well as international tourists. A working farm as popular with the public as it is with the honey bees that pollinate the fruit orchards.
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