Four days of wining and dining in beautiful natural surroundings with fabulous people is probably the best kind of “work” there is and I certainly didn’t take a moment for granted!
Arriving at Newstead Lund Family Vineyards I had to pinch myself at my luck.
Stepping through the doors of the Newstead tasting room I had no idea what awaited. And I was blown away! This beautiful wine farm is the kind of place you never want to leave.
Newstead Lund Family Vineyards
Located just off the N2 on the Redford Road, Newstead is one stylish space… from the floral decor, vineyard views and imposing blue-hued Tsitsikamma Mountains, this is one special spot that demands you kick off your shoes, crack open a bottle of bubbly and spend a few hours revelling in the good life!
The atmosphere here is stylish and elegant and I was immediately captured by the decor – dark charcoal walls, fresh foliage and beautiful flowers fill the space making it feel cosy, yet contemporary.
“Our tasting room is very much the way we hope people will think of our farm: welcoming, authentic, intimate. It’s a place we want visitors to be able to relax and linger. Like a home, it will evolve, change, and hopefully surprise, depending on the time of day or year.”
The space has been created to have small pockets of seating scattered across the covered veranda, lawn and overlooking the vineyards which really adds to the relaxed ambience and encourages you to linger longer, enjoying your own private party in stunning surroundings!
History of Newstead
On arrival at Newstead we were greeted by owners Doug & Sue Lund and sat down together to enjoy a bottle of their award-winning bubbly while finding out more about their story…
Having both grown up in in farming families in KZN, the Lunds chose to move their young family to The Crags of Plett in 2006, they moved for the polo (Doug played for SA) and stayed for the lifestyle… planting vineyards on the fallow land in 2007.
However, the story of Newstead actually started a few years before that, when, on a visit to the Hawkes Bay area of New Zealand, an idea was planted to find a spot in South Africa that would be able to produce wines similar to the New Zealand cool climate wines – Plett proved to be just that!
The Plettenberg Bay Wine of Origin region has comparable geography and climate to New Zealand which has dictated the varietals they grow at Newstead – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Wines at Newstead
At Newstead they take their grapes seriously, even netting the vines to ensure that they produce the best quality grapes they can… and it shows, their first vintage Brut MCC was the first wine from the region to win a Michelangelo double gold award.
“At Newstead we believe that small is special. We know and nurture each vine and pay meticulous attention to detail. We prioritise quality over quantity.”
Farming at Newstead is done in a sustainable fashion using organic fertilisers and recycled grey water.
While visiting Newstead be sure to sample these wine offerings…
The Méthode Cap Classique Brut has yeasty, tasty notes with a crisp, limey finish, and needs no occasion for a celebration.
The Michelangelo Gran D’or (double gold) award-winning Méthode Cap Classique Rosé has light raspberry flavours and hints of red berries that is elegant and silky on the palate.
Simple and sophisticated, their Sauvignon Blanc is full of flavour, with a subtle lime, gooseberry and passion fruit aroma. Reminiscent of beach days, it’s fresh, unique and delicious.
Their easy drinking unwooded Chardonnay is summer in a bottle with a light, spicy citrus and melon aroma.
As a cool climate wine region there are not too many reds on offer in the area so be sure to try their light Pinot Noir that has aromas of mixed berries and soft tannins.
Food at Newstead
While you may arrive at Newstead for the award-winning wines, you’ll stay for the food!
Food here is guided by the season, inspired by the moment, and made from scratch using ingredients that are locally-sourced (often as local as their own vegetable, herb and flower garden). Expect your meal to always be fresh, simple and beautifully presented.
Choose from a gourmet picnic, flatbreads, slow roasts, vegetables and salads that ooze flavour and then settle in for a delicious dining experience.
Accommodation at Newstead
Fortunately, after our indulgent afternoon at Newstead, we didn’t have to travel far to find a spot to rest our heads…
Located on the Newstead property, in a converted barn overlooking the Pinot Noir vineyard, are two self-catering cottages and we were lucky enough to be some of the very first guests to enjoy them!
The self-catering cottages have a large open plan space that is simply, yet stylishly furnished.
The decor is in muted tones and the high ceilings, oak floors and quality finishes ensure a luxurious experience.
There is a large self-catering kitchen, an ample bath and an outdoor shower overlooking the horse paddocks and misty mountains – an invigorating way to start the day!
This accommodation in The Crags is the perfect place to head if you’re keen to explore the Redford Road region of the Plett Wine Route as almost all the wine farms are located within a 5km radius.
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Where to buy Newstead Wines
Shop online via Newstead’s Website (no courier cost for 2 or more cases!)
Please note most of Newstead Wines sell out so you may need to put your name on a waiting list for the next vintage!
Contact Newstead Wines
Redford Road, The Crags
Tel: +27 (0) 44 534 8331 or +27 (0) 76 300 9740
Bookings essential for wine tasting and lunch
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 11am – 4pm. Extended high season hours may apply.
Tastings during high season from 10am – 12 noon.
Images & Video: Kathryn Rossiter (unless indicated otherwise)