Things to do at Hazendal Wine Estate in Stellenbosch

Posted on 31 October 2022 By Anita Froneman

A world-class destination offering culture, cuisine, adventure, and entertainment for the whole family, Hazendal Wine Estate is spread across the Bottelary Hills in the Stellenbosch Winelands, only 30 minutes drive from Cape Town.

Hazendal celebrates both its Russian owners’ heritage and rich South African heritage. The golden thread connecting the many attractions that Hazendal wine estate has to offer today is this proud fusion of culture, cuisine, and history.

Here are a few offerings and experiences.

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Avant-Garde Restaurant and Wine Tasting Lounge

The opulent Avant-Garde Restaurant offers a seamless fusion of modern design and discreet opulence. It is a fantastic setting for an amazing party with up to 80 guests, complete with an aquarium, chandeliers, and a hand-painted ceiling. There’s also a vodka distillery and a wine cellar.

The estate’s original cellar houses the Wine Tasting Lounge, which is connected to the Avant-Garde Restaurant. Although the room was once a cellar, built in 1870, it has been entirely renovated and now combines traditional and modern architecture. An extravagant and sumptuous atmosphere is made possible by a statement bar, an interior fireplace with copper details, and a private tasting lounge that appears to float above the bar.

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Tasting options

The Wine Lounge connoisseurs are prepared to discuss the history, terroir, and winemaking philosophy of Hazendal with you. Allow being led to an enjoyable tasting adventure and what the region has to offer.

Along with 23.5 MCC Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Noir, you will also be provided with samples of Christoffel Hazenwinkel and Hazendal Estate lines. Boards with cheese and charcuterie are available (R95- R175).

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The perfect wedding venue

From the restaurant that accommodates 80 guests, to the Floating Pavilion and dreamy bridal dressing room – this venue will go a long way toward producing a distinctive and elegant wedding experience.

Pick your spot to say I do:

  • The Pavilion
  • The Glasshouse
  • Avant-Garde & Wine Tasting Lounge
  • The Grand Hall
  • The Kraal
  • The Lawn

Hazendal offers couples a distinct wedding venue that blends 300 years of heritage with natural Wineland beauty and contemporary design.

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Tea Ceremony

Enjoy an unforgettable cultural and culinary experience.

Hosted in the elegant Tea Room, the Hazendal Tea Ceremony celebrates a time-honoured ritual of Eastern European culture. Guests can look forward to enjoying their specially imported tea blend, served alongside plates of sweet and savoury traditional treats.

Pair the Hazendal Tea Ceremony with a bottle of Hazendal Cap Classique and share this special treat with friends and family.

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Walk the gardens

Escape to a peaceful haven with Hazendal’s stunning gardens.

Wander through the tranquil Harvest Garden and enjoy a relaxing seating area located in the centre during your next visit.

The Harvest Garden produces a variety of herbs and vegetables that provides a bountiful harvest of seasonal produce for the Hazendal kitchens and it also makes the perfect view for a calming walk.

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Visit the onsite art gallery

The Marvol Gallery offers a tranquil environment to end off an enjoyable visit to the estate.​​​​​​​​
Whether you are an artist yourself or you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before, visiting an art gallery can be an inspiring outing.​​​​​​​​
Visit the Marvol Gallery during your next visit, or contact 021 903 5034 / [email protected]​​​​​​​​ to find out more about our curated art walks.​​​​​​​​

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See Hazendal’s classic car collection

The Hazendal classic car collection is a little like the olive in a perfectly dry martini – it might not be the only reason why you ordered the martini in the first place, but it just adds that little something irresistible to the mix that makes the entire experience something truly special.​​​​​​​​

See, the classic car pavilion at Hazendal might not be the only reason you choose to visit the estate, but once you get an eyeful of the amazing vehicles Dr Mark Voloshin, the owner of Hazendal, has collected over the years it is pretty likely to beguile you nonetheless. Yes – beguile. It’s that gorgeous.​​​​​​​​

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For the kids: Wonderdal at Hazendal

Wonderdal is a unique birthday party venue near Cape Town, Durbanville, the northern suburbs and the Winelands. The interactive world of Wonderdal is all about learning through play, with a fun variety of activities, games and puzzles. Their friendly staff are always on hand to help and ensure kids’ safety and comfort.​​​​​​​​

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18 hole, par-3 golf course at Hazendal

The world-class, 18-hole, par-3 golf course at Hazendal, which offers sweeping views of the Winelands, provides a demanding yet enjoyable round of golf for both beginner and experienced players. A high-tech, two-tiered driving range and a junior and youth golf academy with private coaching are also on offer. Indigenous trees and well-preserved patches of natural vegetation honour the game’s fresh air splendour.

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Eat and drink at Hazendal

Pivnushka Beer Garden

Pivnushka Beer Garden is a modern South African interpretation of a classic European beer garden. Pivnushka offers the ideal location for al fresco, family-friendly eating in the Cape Winelands, with its menu that celebrates all things flame-grilled and craft beer – all to be enjoyed against the picturesque backdrop of the Bottelary Hills.

Picture: Hazendal / Instagram

Visitors can indulge in an intriguing selection of regional craft brews, as well as Hazendal’s premium wines and vodkas, in addition to Pivnushka’s menu of sharing dishes, pizzas, and platters. You can combine your favourite drinks with a variety of imported and local spirits thanks to the wide choice of custom cocktails and mocktails that experienced mixologists have created utilizing a foundation of all-natural fruit purée.

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The Glasshouse

This modern culinary destination offers an outstanding luncheon experience with a value-driven seasonal à la carte menu. The venue is surrounded by its own private garden and bathed in natural light. No matter the weather, every table has a beautiful view of the old Hazendal estate thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Babushka Deli

The Babushka Deli pays homage to the babushka, a beloved figure of hospitality, giving, and delectable Russian flavours. All three are available at the well-known Babushka Deli, where the vast Babushka Hazendal wine estate menu includes delicious all-day breakfasts, garden salads, and lunch plates that are inspired by the seasons and the best organic local products.

Reserve a seat inside or at one of the cool outdoor tables offering fresh air and panoramic views across this historic estate. Pastries and artisanal loaves of bread are among the selection of freshly baked goods on display at the deli counter. Watch out for the iconic Honey Cake, Apple Sharlotka, and Black Baguette.

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Babushka picnics

The Babushka Picnics are perfect for groups of friends and families wishing to relax together on one of the oldest wine estates in the Cape. Kick back on rolling lawns that are shaded. At Hazendal Wine Estate, you can enjoy picnic baskets that are filled with delectable fresh food for just R350 per adult (R175 per child) and are packed for 2 guests per basket (R700).

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Stay at Hazendal

The Homestead

Immerse yourself in contemporary luxury in a historic setting. The Homestead offers a bespoke hideaway in the Cape Winelands.​​​​​​​​

In 2023 Hazendal wine estate will mark a new chapter with the opening of a five-star luxury hotel and spa. Stay tuned.

Pictures: Hazendal Wine Estate


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