Dunstone Wins Silver at the IWSC Awards 2018

Dunstone Winery is proud to have been awarded Silver at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC Awards) 2018. The accolade was given to the Dunstone Shiraz 2015 vintage, which received between 80-85.9 points. Chief winemaker Danie De Bruyn says this is a fantastic achievement for the winery as it demonstrates that South Africa, and more specifically Dunstone, is able to compete with the rest of the world in the production of world-class wines.


According to the IWSC records, 2018 has been the best year yet for South Africa, as it saw a 13.5% increase on wine entries from the country compared to last year and an increasing number of silver and gold medals. De Bruyn is not surprised by these outstanding results, saying that both 2015 and 2017 have been described as the best SA vintages ever.

In its 49th year, the IWSC Awards remains a relevant competition for the wine industry through its scoring procedure that is based on both organoleptic judgement as well as chemical analysis. Entries are received from nearly 90 countries worldwide.

The Dunstone Shiraz has big, bold, red fruit flavours with sweet spice from the French oak barrels in which the grapes matured for 14 months. It has a smooth and juicy palate, well integrated tannins with a long, lingering finish. It is a wine that will only get better with age.

To read the full tasting notes for the Dunstone Shiraz and our other wines, including the Stones in the Sun range, please visit our winery page. Here you will also find information on all of our local and international stockists and our most updated pricelist. Click here 

To taste Dunstone wine locally, guests are welcome to visit Dunstone Country Estate (open 7 days per week from Monday 1st October 2018). Self-guided wine tasting takes place in our bistro on the estate, The Stone Kitchen, and costs R30 for six wines. Cellar tours may also be arranged via prior appointment only. Contact Danie De Bruyn at wine@dunstone.co.za for more info. 

A Cape Winelands Wedding: Where To Say “I Do” in Wellington

“May our love be like good wine, grow stronger as it grows older.”

The Cape Winelands wedding industry is big business. Every year, thousands of couples from South Africa and overseas alike tie the knot in one of a multitude of licensed wedding venues in the greater Cape Winelands’ area. Fairy tale scenery, a favourable climate (and a fantastic exchange rate for foreigners) are just a few reasons why the wine farm wedding trend is here to stay.

In the rolling countryside outside Wellington, there are several idyllic winelands wedding venues to consider for your big day. Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the area has as much of the charm of its big brothers Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, without the crowds or the price tag. Here are three of our favourites.

Grande Dedale

Set amongst 380 hectares of mountains, vineyards, riverbeds, fruit orchards and fynbos, Grande Dédale Country House on Doolhof Wine Estate has a ‘world of its own’ feel about it and is a unique and intimate location for a Cape Winelands wedding. Located at the very end of a long gravel road, tranquillity and privacy are guaranteed. A number of venue options for ceremony, reception or cocktail function are available, with the estate accommodating up to 120 guests. All catering is strictly in-house.

Bride Bronwyn B on TripAdvisor had this to say about Grande Dedale:

“We had our dream wedding at Grand Dédale Country House in Wellington! Excellent service, exquisite decor and a serene setting! We are in awe of this place and will be back to celebrate each anniversary there!”

 

Kleinevalleij

The popular Cape Winelands wedding venue NEO at Kleinevalleij lies within a vineyard at the foot of Bains Kloof, offering panoramic mountain views. It can accommodate up to 300 guests, with in-house catering provided by the creative team at Slippery Spoon Kitchen. It is equipped with a fully stocked bar, but guests looking to bring their own wines are charged a corkage of R35 per bottle. Venue costs in season range between R20 and R35k.

Contact: Margo at or visit  http://www.kleinevalleij.co.za/

Maryke on Facebook said this about the wedding she attended at Kleinevalleij:

“WOW! Absolutely beautiful…surrounded by those amazing mountains and blue sky… speechless!”

 

Leeurivier 

If you’re looking for a blend of the old and the new, this gorgeous restored Cape Dutch venue at Leeurivier offers charm and romance, while boasting breath-taking views of rolling vineyards and a delightful English country garden. The refurbished barn serves as a possible reception hall, accommodating up to 240 guests. As there is no dedicated caterer at the venue, bridal party can select an external caterer. All drinks, including wine, should be purchased externally and the venue does not have a corkage fee. Costs are calculated per person.

Contact: Demarlene Kruger at or visit http://www.leeuwrivier.co.za/


Sleep at Dunstone

While Dunstone Country Estate is not in the Cape Winelands wedding business directly, our family bistro is in close proximity to the three wedding venues above, which makes us an ideal option for both accommodation and functions outside of the main event. We can also cater for intimate weddings of 30 people or less.

The Stone Kitchen can cater for pre-wedding family functions the night before or post-wedding brunches for all wedding guests. Seating up to 150 people, it has indoor and outdoor kids’ play areas, a tasty menu and ample opportunity for photographs under the guava trees with a backdrop of the Hawekwa Mountains.

The 5* Dunstone Manor House serves as the perfect hideaway for the bride-to-be and her lovely bridesmaids, far removed from the stress and distractions of the wedding venue set up. For the wider wedding party, the estate sleeps up to a maximum of 24 adults (extra beds can be made available for children) in a cluster of beautifully furnished self-catering properties and B&B guest suites. All accommodation can be block booked for wedding guests, well in advance.

To discuss your Cape Winelands wedding arrangements with Dunstone, get in touch at

Romantic Getaways for Two

Top tips for choosing a romantic getaway for any occasion 

While a romantic getaway is most commonly taken to celebrate birthday and anniversary milestones, at Dunstone we agree with health experts when they say that taking a breather from the monotony of everyday life is an important part of ‘keeping it interesting’, and is fundamental for any relationship’s happiness and well-being.

When selecting a romantic getaway, we are spoilt for choice in the Western Cape, with the wide range of existing destinations and experiences to take your breath away. For this reason, a strategic approach to planning your trip is wise and well worth it, to ensure maximum enjoyment and less frustration while away.

Here are our top tips for planning a romantic getaway with your other half:

  1. Pick a place that speaks to you both

Your memory bank of good times spent together will draw you both to certain geographical areas and activities that exude positivity and relaxation. For example, if you are both avid wine tasters, then a trip to a new or known wine region may be a great way to unwind in each other’s company.

  1. Take time out for relaxation and wellness

When considering your accommodation options, make sure there are spa facilities on site or close by that you can both make use of. Booking a couples’ massage or steaming it up in a sauna is a perfect way to reconnect on a physical level.

  1. Pick up the pace with an adventurous activity

Amid the calm and serenity, it is never a bad thing to up the endorphins with some physical exercise and adrenaline! Even if you’re not in the best shape, activities such as hiking, mountain biking, zip lining or scuba diving offer a chance to get out of your comfort zone and face fun and adventure head-on.

  1. Stick to budget

Although a romantic getaway should feel decadent, don’t get carried away in the heat of the moment and blow your bank balance when booking your trip. There is nothing worse than financial worry to get in the way of what is meant to be a stress-free break.

  1. Digital detox your days

Possibly the most important tip of all (and perhaps the most difficult to carry out) is to put away your phones and wave a temporary goodbye to the world of email and social media for just a few days. You might miss it at first, but no one will even realise that you are gone, we promise!

Dunstone Country Estate has two ‘honeymoon cottages’ that are perfect for any romantic getaway. They are the newly refurbished, self-catering Acorn Cottage with its own private swimming pool and Vine Cottage, our B&B guest suite with its own heated jacuzzi on the verandah. Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, guests are treated upon arrival to extras afternoon tea and cake and are also offered complimentary a wine tasting and cellar tour. For more details on facilities, click here.

You can expect: spectacular mountain and vineyard views, wine cellar and bistro on site, scenic mountain bike and hiking trails in the surrounding Bovlei valley.

Call Carmen on +27(0)21 864 1504 or email to enquire about availability for your next romantic getaway.