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Explore Your Senses @Waterford Estate

Updated: Mar 17, 2023

Waterford Wine Estate, situated in the idyllic Blaauwklippen Valley in Stellenbosch, is a sophisticated yet unpretentious winery with natural beauty & rustic Provençal charm - long known for one of the best wine tasting experiences in the Cape!

*Please note: all information is correct at the date of publication. See winery website for up-to-date info!

Their courtyard, surrounded by wine cellars, is the main attraction (besides the wine of course!) with a magnificent iconic fountain in the centre and trees along the perimeter for extra Summertime shade.

Waterford encourages guests to explore all the senses – sight, smell, sound, touch & taste. Tickle your senses with their many tasting options... you won't be disappointed. Choose from their Reserve Tasting @R350pp (discover the aging potential of the best Cab & Shiraz they have to offer; includes The Jem), Wine & Chocolate Experience @R110pp (a series of dark & milk chocolates paired perfectly with select Waterford wines), Waterford Estate Experience @R165pp (a selection of Waterford wines, plus the Wine & Chocolate Experience), The Jem Tasting @R115pp (experience their internationally recognized flagship wine, The Jem, in a varietal specific Riedel glass), or their Portfolio Tasting @R110pp (a selection of site specific Waterford wines & Estate Wines grown, vinified and bottled on the property).

SALT, Waterford's courtyard restaurant, offers not only curated lunch menus but a SALT & Wine Tasting journey where 3 wines are expertly paired with intricate, flavourful cuisines (think Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2020 paired with a Fleur du Sel Rooibos tea Smoked Salmon trout & cos emulsion... yummy!). Looking to share? Try their handcrafted platter for 2, as we did on our last occasion there - locally cured & smoked meats, boerekonfyt, marinated green olives, farm baked sourdough, local camembert with spicy toasted cashew nuts and more... delicious!

Explore your surroundings with the Wine Drive Safari @R1 600pp only! Experience this once-in-a-lifetime expertly guided 3-hour trip through the beautiful estate while tasting their award-winning wines amongst their vineyards of origin, ending with a wine & chocolate tasting back at the winery! Or participate in their unique Porcupine Trail Wine Walk @R715pp - 3 different routes at varying levels of intensity, allowing you to explore the vineyards & natural fynbos at your own pace; includes a selection of 3 wines accompanied by a light lunch followed by a wine & choc tasting on your arrival back at the estate.


Although there are no specific activities for tots, you are welcome to bring them along! They can run around the fountain and, if a bit older, visit the resident geese at the lake. Your tots will savour the succulent fish from SALT's well-rounded family-friendly menu.

Tasting Notes

Waterford Rose-Mary - a Blanc de Noir with a natural acidity leading to a soft texture & a crisp, delicate finish; a minerally-driven aroma with delicate undertones of raspberry.

Waterford Chardonnay Single Vineyard - a brilliant olive-green hue with fresh peach pip & lime aromatics followed by a gentle influence from oak.

Waterford Old Vine Chenin Blanc - an elegant, well-textured palate with flavours of peach, honey & stone fruit.

Waterford Elgin Sauvignon Blanc - notes of fresh granadilla & green apple fruit, with underlying chalk & slate; flavours of crisp fruit with a fresh, natural acidity & a long finish of flavours.

Waterford Heatherleigh - an infusion of depth, aged ripeness & vibrant youthfulness with perfumed apricots & muscat characteristics; a blend with low alcohol & sugar content best served chilled.

Pecan Stream Sauvignon Blanc - a more tropical style shaped around fresh fruit aromas i.e. granadilla, pear & apple with hints of peach & gooseberry, with a palate that expresses a softer acidity compared to more typical Sauvignon Blancs.

Pecan Stream Chenin Blanc - balanced & fresh with light elegant fruits; aromatics of fresh pear, peach pip, honeycomb & apricots with hints of delicate white flower undertones.

The Jem - their iconic flagship wine named after the owner of Waterford, Jeremy Ord. A master blend of red varietals epitomising the best of the vintage at Waterford Wine Estate. Enticing aromatics of rich dark chocolate & plum, with layers of earthy tones, cloves, violets & dark, red berries. A well-balanced palate coated with velvety tannins providing fullness & a natural acidity enhances the lasting finish.

Waterford Cabernet Sauvignon - a typical dry tannin structure with a balanced finish; an attractive aroma of pure fruit & earthy notes complemented by pencil shavings.

Waterford Grenache Noir Single Vineyard - orange rind, earthy red cherry & exotic fruits with hints of clove on the nose; a palate layered with red cherries, earthy notes & umami flavours alongside velvety dry tannins.

Kevin Arnold Shiraz - prominent aromatic of red & dark fruits with earth & cold stone accompanied by plum & leather undertones; a natural acidity with classic granular tannins.

Waterford Elgin Pinot Noir - aromatics layered with ripe wild berries, cherry tobacco & cherry tomatoes; a robust & intense palate with vibrant flavours and a savoury finish with a refreshing balanced acidity.

Pecan Stream Pebble Hill - a unique blend using Italian & Spanish varietals, led by Shiraz, leading to fruit-forward aromatics of violet, cherries & liquorice accompanied by notes of cigar box spice; a palate of abundant dark red fruit & a balanced natural acidity.

Waterford Antigo - Cabernet makes up the majority of the blend with a soft, lush fruit aromatic & tannins that are rich, soft & sweet.

Contact Me – Hilary - at for more details on your favourite spots & to book a personalised tour of your own – behind the scenic routes of the Cape Winelands & beyond!

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Click here to check out our previous blog “Pinotage Fun Run '22 @Neethlingshof”!


Important info:;; 021 880 5300

Waterford Wine Estate Trading Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm

SALT Trading Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 3:30pm

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