Hazendal’s Tea Experience: High Tea with an Eastern European Twist

Hazendal’s Tea Experience: High Tea with an Eastern European Twist

Babushkas, samovars and bubbly, to boot!

An intriguing mix of Eastern European heritage, South African tradition and the overarching Cape Dutch aesthetic so prevalent in this corner of the Winelands is what makes Hazendal Wine Estate unique, and adds a wonderfully novel dimension to a day in the Winelands.

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The estate brims with attractions for young and old, such as Babushka Deli and Wonderdal, a state-of-the-art children’s edutainment centre, but for a true taste of noble Eastern European heritage, Hazendal’s Tea Ceremony stands out as an exotic and culturally enriching experience.

Traditional Tea Ceremony at Hazendal

Hazendal Tea Ceremony Location

Hazendal’s Tea Ceremony harks back to the grandeur of a bygone era and represents not just a sophisticated culinary pursuit, but an expression of Eastern European hospitality.

An opulent space, with hand-painted murals, crystal chandeliers and an exotic aquarium, transports guests to another world. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer full views into a working cellar, with industrial-chic elements planting you firmly in the 21st century.

A wonderful setting for an enriching high tea experience.

The tea

Hazendal Tea Ceremony Herbal Tea

Central to this time-honoured ritual is the samovar, an elaborate traditional brewing device used to heat the water. The samovar dates back to the 17th century, when Tsar Peter the Great returned from his travels with a copper kettle he’d discovered in Holland, and asked his craftsmen to replicate it.

Attached to the top of the samovar is a teapot containing zavarka – traditional black tea that has been specially sourced for Hazendal by fine-tea merchants TWG. Stopping at no lengths to provide guests with an authentic experience, the tea is served in porcelain created by Dulevo Porcelain Works, famous for its hand-painted designs.

The spread

Hazendal Tea Ceremony Cuisine

Accompanying the brew is a delicious array of authentic pastries and savoury treats, such as:

  • baranki on samovar (crisp tea biscuit)
  • oladyi (crumpet with mushroom and herb ragout)
  • blinchik (thin crêpe with hummus and sundried tomato)
  • cabbage piroshok (fried pastry filled with braised cabbage and potato)
  • spinach piroshok (fried pastry filled with vegan cheese and creamed spinach)
  • Olivier salad (potato salad)
  • vatrushka (sweet cheese tart)
  • zephyr (fruit meringue)
  • sharlotka (apple cake)
  • medovik (honey cake)
  • pryanik (ginger cookie)

Winter special: 15% off

Hazendal Tea Ceremony Experience

Turn a dull winter day into a special occasion during May and June with a 15% discount on all tea ceremonies booked midweek.

Good to know

  • A 24-hour pre-booking deposit is required.
  • There are vegetarian and gluten-free options, too, as well as a children’s menu, complete with themed colouring-in pages to keep them entertained.
  • For a truly decadent affair, indulge in the Full Experience, which includes 15 grams of Beluga caviar served on a traditional blini, and a bottle of Hazendal 23.5 MCC.
  • For adults with kids in tow, one of the best things about a visit to Hazendal is that you can drop them off at the fully supervised Wonderdal, a state-of-the-art edutainment centre for children between the ages of 5 and 13. Here, they will be endlessly entertained by a host of engaging and educational activities, including an outdoor playground and an array of technology-powered interactive zones.

As they say at Hazendal: “Radostnoye Vremya!” (Have a joyful time!)

Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Please note The Tea Ceremony Special is only available Tuesday – Thursday.
Cost Special: R335 (adults); R216 (children 0 – 11 years)
R395 (adults); R255 (children 0 – 11 years)
Contact 021 205 5620, bookings@hazendal.co.za
Where to find it Hazendal Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
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