Urban wine tastings and a bistro menu on Stellenbosch’s Church Street.
The wine-bar buzz in Stellenbosch has blossomed – particularly in the block around Church Street, where clusters of café tables fill the wide pavements under the oaks. Among the latest newcomers to the lively town-centre wine scene is sophisticated but informal Le Grand Domaine Enoteca, a collaboration between two Devon Valley boutique wine estates, Le Grand Domaine and Stellenview Wines. Designed to showcase their premium ranges, it’s a warm and welcoming space where you can stop by for a tasting, or settle in for a relaxed evening of food, wine and, on Thursdays, live music.
Enoteca in Italian is often translated as a wine library, a place to taste and get information about local wines. Here, you feel like you’re walking into a country-house library, contemporary and chic, but rooted in tradition. Books rub shoulders with wine bottles on the shelves of tall glass-doored cabinets; bottle-green paint picks out the woodwork of the arch, beams and window-frames; the back wall glows with warmth – real copper engraved with the logos of the two estates.
It’s a historic Stellenbosch building with tall sash windows and high ceilings, a leather banquette running the length of the room, leather and wood chairs, oak tables and a marble-topped bar.
Geraniums fill window boxes looking out onto the wide pavement, where several more tables are shaded by umbrellas and oak trees.
The wine experience
The wine portfolio offers 30 wines from the two estates, which you can order by the bottle, glass or tasting portion – ideal if you want to try several different wines with your meal. Or go for a tasting flight – the menu offers five different flight options: white, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, Le Grand Domaine and Kruger. But you are also welcome to create your own preferred tasting flight from the wines on offer.
The Bordeaux-style reds, Provence-inspired rosés and characterful single varietals are mostly exported, so this is a chance to taste hand-crafted wines you might not otherwise come across in the local retail space: labels include Le Grand Vin Stellenbosch, The Pledge, Kruger Family Wines, Kenzo Faure Kruger Wines, Stellenview Reserve, Great Five Reserve and Cape Five.
Classic bistro food
The short bistro-style menu is designed to pair well with the wines and changes seasonally. There’s no division into starters and mains, just tempting plates of various sizes that you can share… or not. Well-executed classics include a creamy risotto studded with chunks of wild mushroom; tender Patagonian squid with chipotle; a generous Florentine steak with pistachio and rocket salad (no chips are included but you can order truffle Parmesan fries separately); and steamed baozi, either filled with pork belly or with mushroom and vegetables.
Alternatively, snack on a shared charcuterie or cheese board to accompany your wine tasting, or indulge in half a dozen oysters paired with a glass or two of Le Grand Domaine MCC.
Good to know Happy hour (4pm – 6pm) offers a glass of vin de maison (house wine) at R30
Open Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Contact 021 300 3279, email@example.com
Where to find it 7 Church Street, Stellenbosch
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