The History of Lodestone
Established by Jon and Ingrid Tonkin in 2012, the first Lodestone vintage (produced from the 4ha of vineyards) was in 2014 and this year they are excited to be producing their first vintage of Pinot Noir.
Lunch at Lodestone
We were welcomed warmly by the owner, Jon and his 2 friendly dogs, and enjoyed a relaxed lunch platter (including their delicious home-grown olives and olive oil) on the deck overlooking the dam (according to local legend it was once an elephant watering hole!) and panoramic mountain views while sampling the local wines.
The restaurant has only been open since 2017 and the space is modern, yet relaxed. Platters are R120 each and there are other lunch options available too.
Lodestone have recently appointed a wine maker who overseas the production of the wines at Lodestone which are predominantly cool climate whites (this is not the region to head to if you favour big red flavours or sweet wine – the late rainfall is bad for ripening and sugars.)
That’s not to say you won’t enjoy a fabulous selection of wine. Be sure to taste the Chardonnay, the Sauvignon Blanc and the Semillon (the only one in the area!). I really enjoyed my glass of their SSB (also known as a White Bordeaux Blend and made from Semillion & Sauv Blanc grapes) and I was disappointed to have missed out on a sample of the Pinot Noir as it’s yet to be released, I would most certainly be keen to try that on a return visit (and there will be one!)
“Good wine relies on good fruit, which in turn relies on good farming practice.”
– Jon Tonkin
The good news here is that once again the MCC is incredible, the early harvest ensures that, and the Lodestone Stonechat MCC (created from 70% Pinot Noir grapes and 30% Chardonnay grapes) is a firm favourite and is named after a little bird who frequents the vineyards and has a blush pink breast that is similar to the colour of the wine!
Wine-tasting at Lodestone is charged at R10 – R20 per wine.
Lodestone are also a great spot to head if you’re interested in sampling a locally produced olive oil. They have over 550 olive trees and six different varietals and press their own extra virgin olive oil – the only farm to do so in Garden Route area.
We were lucky enough to sample their olive oil and I can attest to the fact that it is delicious – with just the right “burn” at the back of the throat to suggest excellent quality!
Where to buy Lodestone Wines
The best place to stock up your cellar with wines from Lodestone is at Lodestone itself, although you can also find a few bottles at the local wine shops and on the wine menu at various Plett restaurants.
Enjoy an afternoon at Lodestone Winery by watching my short video of our visit…
Contact Lodestone Wines
Tel: +27 (0) 82 600 7835