Dating back to 1692, Lanzerac Wine Estate is rich in heritage and old-world elegance, and its location amidst the majestic Jonkershoek valley grants it a beauty that stands out even among the wineland’s many lush venues.
The estate was ravaged by a fire in 2017, but instead of allowing its long and illustrious history to come to an end, it returned stronger than before, reopening its doors to the public in July 2018 following a year-long refurbishment. As well as offering the same five-star Stellenbosch accommodation, new additions to the estate include the Manor Kitchen restaurant, which provides Lanzerac with gourmet artistry to go with its aesthetic appeal.
A grand setting
The Governor’s Hall, which was the resident eatery before the fire, was known for its stately decor and Edwardian-era furnishings. Its successor brings a grand, contemporary design that complements the estate’s old-world aesthetic.
The new space is open and expansive, with an abundance of natural light, glass panels and overhanging chandeliers to enhance the sense of grandeur. A large-scale window connects the restaurant and kitchen, allowing guests to catch a glimpse of the chefs hard at work. Add to all this, the lush vineyards and mountains that surround the estate, and you have a transportive dining venue with few rivals in terms of spectacle.
Classical dining with local flavour
Each morning, the restaurant is a hive of activity when the bountiful breakfast buffet opens for service, with freshly baked goods, fruit juices, and a range of cereals and hot breakfast options on offer.
In the evenings (Thursdays to Saturdays only), the restaurant offers a classical dining experience, with the menu overseen by Welsh-born executive chef Stephen Fraser. The dishes, comprised of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, have a strong local flavour; with offerings such as Boland lamb cutlets (served with cauliflower risotto, beetroot, green olive pesto and rosemary jus) and sous vide pork belly (served with smoked potato, onion textures, pea salad and pickled guava).
Starters include fresh oysters on the rocks, aromatic duck breast and the exotic mushroom salad; while decadent dessert dishes include a vegan baked cheesecake, and a cape malva pudding served with stem ginger ice cream.
The wine list includes Lanzerac’s award-winning pinotage range, as well as an expansive selection of international and local vintages, fortified and sweet wines, brandy and cognac, beers, ciders and spirits.
In addition to daily breakfasts and dinners three nights a week, the Manor Kitchen hosts a set Sunday lunch menu, and a luxurious afternoon tea on Saturdays, with baked goods and savoury snacks on offer.
Other attractions at Lanzerac Wine Estate
The Manor Kitchen is just one of four restaurants hosted at Lanzerac Estate. For a casual dining experience in a festive atmosphere, head to the 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.
Other dining venues at Lanzerac include Lanzerac Deli, and the moody Craven Lounge. The many culinary options on offer, along with the rejuvenating spa and sophisticated wine-tasting experiences, make Lanzerac Wine Estate one of the winelands’ pivotal attractions.