Sprawling grounds blanketed in flowers, award-winning wines, a top-rated restaurant and some of the most graceful and beautiful race horses in the world… we think this is a winning combination. That is why we have added a visit to Avontuur Estate to our Cape Town itinerary. And our travelers are returning with rave reviews.
This gorgeous estate is nestled against the Helderberg between Stellenbosch and Somerset West and has been producing quality wine grapes for more than 140 years… a historical commitment that is reflected today in their range of award-winning wines.
They offer a selection of easy-drinking blends called the Vintner’s Range, which is also extremely affordable. Next up is the top-quality Estate range and then the limited volume Premiere range, which reflects the best their winemaker can produce in a particular year. They also produce a Methode Cap Classique Sparkling wine and a pot-stilled, hand-crafted brandy, which makes a great gift.
The cozy tasting room at Avontuur welcomes visitors with a wooden counter made from old, used wine barrels and a wine display along the back wall. Seating is at the counter on bar stools, at wooden tables set out inside the venue or during the summer months, outside on comfy furniture overlooking the paddocks and Helderberg.
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The restaurant is decorated in an eclectic mix of old and new, and has a warm inviting atmosphere. The sun drenched terrace with its vine draped pagodas, has spectacular views of the paddocks, vines and Table Mountain and is popular in summer. In winter, a blazing fire and underfloor heating welcomes guests. As for the food? TripAdvisor voted it the No. 1 Restaurant in the Helderberg.
You’ll see some of the finest thoroughbred horses roaming the property as you sip wine on the veranda overlooking the estate. Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, situated next to the wine estate at the foot of the Helderberg mountain, has always strived towards the “quality not quantity” motto. It was established in the late 1980s by the late Tony Taberer, and his dream and passion continues. Avontuur now has a superb broodmare band from around the world, slowly but surely establishing the operation in the top league.