Waterford Estate is situated in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley, in the world-renowned Stellenbosch region. At Waterford Estate, we have chosen to use only half of the total 120 hectares of land for the planting of vines, in order to preserve and maintain the natural fauna and flora on the Estate. Waterford Estate is owned by the Ord Family and developed under the watchful eye of Kevin Arnold, Cellar Master and Managing Partner, since 1998.
The Waterford Estate winery offers a relaxing setting where guests can sit and enjoy various tasting options. With the wine cellar built surrounding the courtyard, guests can observe the workings of the winery, and get a true feel for the wine making process without disrupting the tranquillity of their tasting. In addition to our cellar door experiences, we also offer two vineyard experiences, the Wine Drive Safari and Porcupine Trail Walk. At Waterford Estate, we wish to explore all the senses– sight, smell, sound, touch and taste, in order for our guests to experience both what is inside and outside the bottle, we call this the Waterford Way.
Waterford Wine Estate
This incorporates a selection of site specific Waterford wines, as well as Estate Wines (grown, vinified and bottled on the property). This is a great experience to gain an understanding of Waterford’s expression and vision of winemaking.
Wine & Chocolate Experience
The Wine and Chocolate Tasting is a unique flavour experience. Kevin Arnold together with, Chocolatier, Richard von Geusau have created a series of dark and milk chocolates that, when paired with our Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Natural Sweet wine, results in a flavour sensation, unlike any other.
Waterford Estate Experience
Selection of Waterford Wines, completed with the Wine and Chocolate Experience (combination of options 1 and 2 above).
The Jem Tasting
Enjoy an experience of Waterford Estate’s internationally recognized flagship wine, THE JEM. The goal in producing THE JEM is to truly express the diversity of our terroir, and more specifically the soils on Waterford Estate. To reach this goal of completeness, the blend is comprised of different grape varietals all grown on the property. THE JEM is a wine which represents the property itself, and what we as a winery stand for. Enjoy your tasting in a varietal specific Riedel glass, allowing you distinguish the different elements of the wine.
Wine Drive Safari
A unique three hour trip on our safari type vehicle. This experience allows the chance to taste our award-winning Estate wines amongst the vineyards of their origin. The wine tasting will be accompanied by various light snacks, which are selected to complement each individual wine. The experience will end off with the Wine and Chocolate Tasting, back at the winery. Bookings required a week in advance.
Porcupine Trail Wine Walk
We have designed three different routes at different levels of intensity, which explore both Vineyards and natural Fynbos, ensuring the best possible experience depending on your own capabilities. You will have the option to select three different wines for tasting to accompany a light picnic style lunch. On your return to the winery, your experience will end of with the Wine and Chocolate Tasting. Bookings required a week in advance.
Library Collection Tasting
The Library Collection takes a look back at the story of where our wine style comes from. This tasting is a way of expressing internal wine interests, from different grape varietals to unique viticultural sites.