A few weekends ago we spent a few hours in Stellenbosch. A last minute detour saw us enjoying a late lunch under the ancient oaks at Muratie Wine Farm. And it was blissful! This little hidden gem of a wine farm is well worth a visit.
The stories behind each wine are lovely (each wine is named after a previous owner) and I especially loved the love story between the wine farm owner and his beloved slave girl… You need to visit to hear it! So special.
Another highlight is the cobweb shrouded window panes of the tasting room, left intact on purpose! So beautiful!
Here are a few of the pics I took while exploring the wonders of Muratie…
“It’s the smooth bouquet that counts – drink Muratie wines made from the finest grapes, ripened in the South African sun. Every drop in your glass is full of flavour and strength; it gladdens the heart and loosens the tongue. It is the strength of a pure wine that enables you to face care and trouble with a lighter heart and so quickly dissipate that feeling of depression. In this manner it incidentally fortifies the body against infections and disease” – George Paul Canitz, previous Muratie owner
Muratie, the historic Stellenbosch family estate owned by the Melck family, promises the perfect space to rest and enjoy the spirit of summer where you can enjoy great food, well-loved wine, outdoor activities, music concerts and warm country hospitality.
Hidden away in the exquisite Knorhoek valley, lying at the foot of the Simonsberg with a perfect view of Table Mountain, Muratie is as old as history itself. Beautiful old Cape Dutch buildings guarded over by ancient oak trees, crumbling statues, antique wine-making equipment, and the quaint tasting room with its cobwebs, stained glass and art, are all set in a secret garden, a lush green haven of peace and tranquillity.
At Muratie, the passion for preserving the estate’s rich heritage and intriguing human stories from its centuries old history, are captured in every nook and cranny of this family farm. Even the wines and the food reflect a tangible sense of time suspended, with the estate’s wines and the Farm Kitchen restaurant dishes named after extraordinary characters from the farm’s colourful past.
There are some great upcoming events at Muratie making this a perfect destination for summer including the following:
Wine tasting daily between 10am and 5pm in Muratie’s rickety cob-webbed old-world tasting room;
Wine and chocolate pairing;
The Melck family’s home-made preserves and treats for sale at the tasting room;
The new summer menu at the Farm Kitchen restaurant;
Winery and history tours by appointment;
GP Canitz Art Gallery in the refurbished historic concrete tanks in the cellar;
Self-catering accommodation in the GP Canitz’s original art studio which he built with bricks made on the farm;
Functions hosted in the cellar inside old tartaric acid-encrusted concrete wine tanks which have been renovated and opened up for guest entertainment;
Private tastings in the Kneipzimmer, GP Canitz’s drinking den;
Music concerts, art exhibitions and annual Harvest Festival
Mountain Biking and Trail running (arranged by Dirtopia)
Images: Kathryn Rossiter