Manor Kitchen at Lanzerac: A Sommelier-Led Dining Experience

A fine-dining menu with wines to match.

Dramatic mountain views, endless vineyards, and expansive gardens shaded by oak trees create a handsome setting for Lanzerac Wine Estate, whose rich heritage and old-world elegance date back to 1692.

In addition to its viticultural provenance, nowadays the winery is celebrated for its five-star premium hotel and spa, and diverse gastronomic offerings, making it one of the Jonkershoek Valley’s shining stars.

Gourmet artistry

Lanzerac Sommelier Experience: The Manor Kitchen

Inside the Governer’s Hall is the estate’s flagship restaurant, the Manor Kitchen, where classics are reimagined. It’s open and expansive, with lofty ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, large lead-glass windows and a general sense of grandeur.

Lanzerac Chef Stephen Fraser

In the evenings, the restaurant buzzes with hotel guests and locals, here to enjoy a fine-dining experience. Chef Stephen Fraser’s menu takes a “classics reimagined” approach, using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and bold local flavours.

The Manor Kitchen Cuisine

Choices might include large Saldanha oysters with yuzu caviar, fynbos vinaigrette and salt-cured cucumber; honey rooibos seared tuna with pickled tomato, avo and ponzu dressing; or venison loin with pinotage jus.

Sommelier service

The winelist, one of the best in the region, covers every desire – from Champagne, cap classique, prosecco and cava to the estate’s award-winning pinotage, and every other varietal in between (with a few international gems, too). There are whiskies (from Scotland, Ireland, Japan and SA), bourbons, brandies, cognac and a diverse range of spirits.

Lanzerac Sommelier Fundi Ziqubu

On hand is sommelier Fundi Ziqubu, who lives up to her name – sharing valuable wine expertise and insight to ensure meals hit all the right notes. Guests can expect a proper food pairing and good advice on different wines and how they add to the dining experience.

Durban-born, aptly named Fundi came to Stellenbosch in 2018, where the wine bug bit. She trained with the Sommeliers Academy and started out as a wine steward in Lanzerac’s Tasting Room. Two years ago, she was appointed sommelier at the restaurant, working closely with chef Stephen.

There’s more…

Lanzerac Afternoon Tea

The Manor Kitchen hosts an opulent breakfast each morning, as well as a set Sunday lunch menu and a luxurious afternoon tea on Saturdays.

Other dining options include the casual, country-style Taphuis, where gourmet pub dishes, sharing plates and light meals can be enjoyed beside the roaring fireplace or outdoors on the shaded terrace. The Lanzerac Deli offers all-day breakfast, platters, pastries, sandwiches and the like, to be enjoyed inside or on the terrace, while the moody, evening-oriented Craven Lounge does tapas that go beautifully with the full bar on offer.

Opening times
Breakfast: Daily, 7am – 10:30am
Afternoon Tea: Saturday, 2pm – 5pm
Lunch: Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: Daily, from 6pm
Contact 021 887 1132,
Where to find it Lanzerac Road, Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch
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Time of publication: 14 March 2022