It’s a lovely drive into the estate, with big trees and lots of arum lily’s along the meandering river. Arum lily’s which are also called varkoor (pig ear) in Afrikaans. Lourensford wine estate is surrounded by the Helderberg and Hottentot Holland mountains.

Can’t remember when I visited this place for the last time. I had a few yoga classes here and I used to buy my fresh coffee beans at the Coffee Roasting Company shop and a long, long time ago we had our first Polo experience on the fields just under the Helderberg Mountains. That was truly fantastic, bringing your picnic and spending some time alongside the polo field. So I know the place, bought their wines, but I’ve never been into the winery to taste or just drink a nice glass of wine in these beautiful surroundings.

In those day’s there was only the inside tasting room, but all that has changed.
Even in winter it looks very welcoming, the white picnic table’s match perfectly with the grey leafless trees and stand out against the green manicured grass … The modern designed pond with their water splashing fountains are making just the relaxing sound that we needed.

My friend and I thought it was a beautiful day to enjoy a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, but I must say that the Turkish Delight and wine pairing tasting also sounded yummy ( a tasting of 2 MCC’s, a Noble Late Harvest and a non-vintage Honey Liqueur…MCC means Method Cape Classic and is our South African Champagne).
But of course there is much more than this to taste, with the 4 different type of wine labels that they sell. I won’t go into that, so please be sure to check their website.

If you would like to visit Lourensford Estate, maybe you should combine it with a special event. In summer there are regular markets, but they also organize music events and a Wineland Chocolate Festival.
Or decide to have lunch or dinner at the Millhouse Kitchen…where kids are more than welcome.


Tips from the Winelands, Western Cape  
by Zeelandhuys

Lourensford Estate
Lourensford road
Somerset West