Vredenheim Wine Farm, situated conveniently close to the town of Stellenbosch on Baden Powell Drive (R310) in Vlottenburg, offers the best of many attractions and fun activities for the tourist and resident of Stellenbosch alike. Boasting top quality wines and a wine and curio shop, game drives, a lion park, two restaurants, conferencing and function rooms, beautiful gardens (ideal for picnics or your wedding photos), vintage cars, a guest house and much more, Vredenheim is a destination venue where one can spend the day relaxing with family and friends.
Situated alongside the Eerste River and with a history that dates back to 1681, the Vredenheim Estate today is owned by the Bezuidenhout family, Coen and Rikie having acquired the property in 1986. Elzabe Bezuidenhout, daughter of the owner, became the first female wine-maker on the Stellenbosch Wine Routes. The Cape Dutch manor house is today a national monument (declared as such in 1975) – it was built in 1789 by Paul Roux. In front of the manor house lie two canons and another larger specimen in the garden near one of the restaurants – they date between 1782 and 1830.
Vredenheim has red and white grape juice and a vast array of wines available for every taste. Their Vredenvonkel is often the sparkling wine of choice at functions and weddings. Vredenheim wines are well priced, making them affordable for almost every wine lover. Watch out for their unique arty “Angels” label, a light fruity natural sweet wine with hints of honey on the palate – delightful with curry and dessert. Amongst the white wines, the Sauvignon Blanc is a favourite, its complex aroma brimming with tropical fruit. This wine is well balanced with freshness on the palate and is an ideal match for fresh salad, chicken and fish dishes. Vredenheim red wines consist of a Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage (unique South African varietal), Merlot and Shiraz. A wine worth mentioning individually is their CJB Reserve2005 (with its limited release of 3 300 bottles) and comprising 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Shiraz. This particular wine was created as a tribute to Coen Bezuidenhout, owner of Vredenheim from 1986 – 2005. Exclusively matured in French Oak, this wine carries fresh pepper characteristics and a spicy nose, and berry flavours integrated with soft wood. Kowie du Toit is currently the wine-maker.
Vredenheim’s well-stocked wine and curio shop offers tastings and wine purchases. If you are a tourist and looking for a curio or memento to take back home with you, or a local in need of that perfect gift for someone special, Vredenheim’s Wine Shop will not disappoint. Branded clothing and caps are also available.