With 2019 Harvest in full swing, chief wine maker at Dunstone Boutique Winery, Danie De Bruyn, shares his insight on this year’s crop and what to expect from the Dunstone 2019 vintage.
“Following the drought brought on by lack of Winter rain in 2017, we were pleased to receive solid rainfall over the 2018 Winter period, which meant a good Spring start. The Summer that followed has been much cooler than usual, which has also had a positive outcome for our grapes as it means a slower ripening, which helps to achieve phenolic ripeness at Harvest picking.
Overall, it has been a great vintage for the Dunstone Grenache. Bud burst has been even which has allowed a lower intensity management of the vines throughout the growing season. The estate harvested 1.5kg per vine, which hits the envelope of quality wine from bush vines.
One challenge we have faced with this year’s Harvest was the uneven bud burst of our Shiraz block, which has led to lower yields; on the flip side this will hopefully mean higher quality wines. Decent acid levels present in the Shiraz grapes translate to a wine that will age well.
Walk your dog with us at Dunstone and raise funds for SPCA Wellington
You may have noticed that at Dunstone Country Estate, we have a bit of a thing for animals! From our estate logo and wine label that proudly display a portrait of our first pooch, Shiraz, to the many adopted farm animals that romp around the estate and delight guests daily with their antics.
For this reason, we’ve teamed up with Wellington SPCA to launch a regular Dunstone Dog Walk on the estate and neighbouring farms. Please join us on Saturday 30th March from 9h30 for our inaugural event, an easy 4km circular farm walk with your own dog, followed by a well-deserved egg and bacon roosterkoek breakfast roll, served with a hot cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
We’ll also be holding a raffle after the walk, where you could win our top prize of one night for up to 4 people and 2 dogs at our pet friendly 4* farm accommodation, The Guava Cottage, as well as wine cases and meal vouchers for our bistro, The Stone Kitchen.
Adding to the atmosphere will be solo artist Deon Valor on acoustic guitar, serenading our walkers at the finish line.
Ticket prices for the Dunstone Dog Walk, which include your breakfast roll and hot drink cost R100 for adults and R50 for children under 12, with proceeds going directly to SPCA Wellington. Walkers without dogs are most welcome to join and entry fee remains the same.
All participating dogs should wear a collar and be kept on a leash for the full duration of the walk.
Tickets can be bought on the day, but as spaces are limited, we recommend purchasing in advance via Zapper or EFT. Contact us on 021 864 1504 or email to reserve your spot.
The greater Cape Town area in South Africa wears many hats. All are equally beautiful in as much as they are different. From wild coastal shores of white sand to rolling vineyards of lush green, desolate dusty oranges of the interior and vibrant colours of the inner city. This eclectic mix of urban, suburban and countryside living within an hour’s driving radius offers travellers a feast of unique sensations and experiences.
The Dunstone Collection is a portfolio of three properties spanning across winelands, beach and city, that provides a continuity in style and service to enhance your overall guest experience. The Collection is a splattering of sea air along the West Coast, an unparalleled vineyard vista in the Cape Winelands and a stylish urban escape in the heart of Cape Town’s trendy De Waterkant district.
Dunstone Country Estate
Situated on a family-run boutique wine farm, the flagship of the Dunstone Collection is Dunstone Country Estate, which offers a host of stylish and elegantly furnished 4 and 5* accommodation. Both self-catering and B&B options are available and each self-catering property has a private swimming pool, providing guests complete privacy and independence during their stay.
Additional touches in the guest rooms include luxury cotton linen and bathrobes, daily room servicing, flat screen TV and complimentary Wifi. A mobile spa service is available for those looking to indulge in further R&R in the comfort of their own room.
All overnight visitors are invited to daily tea and cake each afternoon in the guesthouse lounge area; this rolls into free wine hour and nibbles at sunset, giving you a chance to sample the Dunstone wine underneath a sensational sky overlooking the backdrop of the dramatic Hawequa Mountains.
What to do during your stay: guided or self-guided wine tasting tour of the Wellington Wine Route, a 4×4 nature safari, horse riding through the vineyards, scenic mountain biking and trail running, or simply chill out poolside at Dunstone Estate with book in hand!
The coastal element of the Dunstone Collection is a uniquely positioned beachfront property in the sleepy fishing village of Jakobsbaai (Jacob’s Bay) along the West Coast of South Africa. Dunstone Beach House is situated just 50m from the water’s edge of a long, sandy white beach and sleeps up to 8 adults comfortably. With fully equipped kitchen, dining and lounge areas, this self-catering property is suitable for both nuclear family getaways or larger, more festive celebrations with extended family or friends. Beautiful sea and nature views from every room make it a home for all seasons and the quiet and serenity of its position offer a true escape from the noise and stresses of city living and the chance to completely unwind and renew.
What to do during your stay: long, uninterrupted beach walks, swimming and bodysurfing in the waves of the Atlantic, fishing and diving for crayfish and mussels (permits required), or just relax on the private deck of Dunstone Beach House with a glass of wine!
De Waterkant Cottage is the newest addition to the Dunstone Collection and is the perfect option for a getaway to Cape Town city. Nestled on the lower slopes of Signal Hill in a popular, vibrant and historic residential area, it is a stone’s throw from the renowned V&A Waterfront and within walking distance to many trendy restaurants, bars and sidewalk cafés. A fully equipped one-bedroom property, De Waterkant Cottage sleeps two adults comfortably and can accommodate infants free of charge. Stylishly furnished, it has a private patio with outdoor BBQ grill for Summer dining and a private rooftop deck; ideal for morning coffee or sundowner wine!
What to do during your stay: Hike up Table Mountain, visit Robben Island by ferry from the V&A Waterfront, get in some beach time at Camps Bay or Clifton followed by sundowners on your private rooftop deck at De Waterkant Cottage.
To book your stay at any of the properties within the Dunstone Collection, please email or call the Dunstone team on +27(0)21 864 1504