On one of our outings exploring the Stellenbosch Wine Route, we popped in at Dornier Wine Estate. I'd wanted to go there for a while because I'd seen how beautiful their wine-tasting venue is and I wanted to check it out for myself. (Note: Pictures do not do it justice.)
Dornier is a family-owned boutique winery and they have been producing wine since 2002. They offer three ranges of wines: Donatus, Dornier Stellenbosch and Cocoa Hill. You can taste them all at their stunning wine-tasting venue.
The wine-tasting venue is absolutely spectacular! (see below). It was designed by the artistic Christoph Dornier, who was the founder of Dornier Wines. As you can see, the shape of the building and the materials used in it blend so well into the mountains behind it. Once inside, the building forms sort of a U-shape, where you can sit in the courtyard in the middle of it and stare at the beautiful mountains while you sip your wine (how awesome!).
You can either sit inside the venue, which is stunning with big glass windows, or you can sit outside, with an equally stunning view (see below). We chose to sit outside because I like to make the most out of the sunny days while we still have them.
As mentioned above, you can choose from their three ranges of wine. It costs R50 for 6 wines, but if you buy a bottle of wine, you do not have to pay for your tasting (bonus!).
The wines I tasted were as follows:
Cocoa Hill Range:
- Sauvignon Blanc (see below): R66 a bottle
- Chenin Blanc: R66 a bottle
- Rosé: R66 a bottle
- Dornier Sémillon: R160 a bottle
- Donatus Red: R295 a bottle. This is a blend of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
- Donatus White: R195 a bottle. This is a blend of Chenin Blanc and Sémillon.
They were all great, but the last three were particularly amazing. I loved the Donatus White! It is really fresh and fruity and I found it to be nice and light. I could drink that way too easily! The Donatus Red was also great! The 2012 vintage was awarded 4.5 stars from John Platter. If you fancy red blends, I'd recommend reading up about it here.
Because the Donatus wines were just a bit pricey for us, we bought two bottles of the Chenin Blanc and went away very happy. (In fact, we've already drunk one bottle).
Dornier also has a restaurant, named the Bodega Restaurant, which is in one of the oldest buildings in Stellenbosch (see below). Unfortunately, we just visited for the wine tasting, but I'm definitely keen to go back for a lunch.
They have a summer (and winter) menu, but they also do tapas and can cater for functions. You can check out their menu here. I love the food options on their summer menu and that they suggest a glass of wine for you to pair each meal with. And their food looks delicious!
The estate also has accommodation in their Dornier Homestead that opened in 2010, so you could really spend a whole day (and night) in pure Stellenbosch beauty!
Contact: +27 21 880 0557
Address: Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch, 7600