Stretched across the Bottelary Hills in the Stellenbosch winelands, Hazendal wine estate is a world-class destination offering culture, cuisine, adventure and entertainment for the entire family.  

Though packed with contemporary appeal, Hazendal is in fact one of the oldest farms in the South African winelands, dating back to 1699, when Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel granted Christoffel Hazenwinkel the right to farm and settle on 60 hectares of land. Noting the abundance of Cape hares [Lepus capensis] in the area, Hazenwinkel named his new farm Hazendal; Dutch for ‘Valley of the Hares’.  

Over the course of three centuries the farm has changed ownership several times, until in 1994 this storied Cape farm found a new custodian in Russian-born businessman and philanthropist Dr Mark Voloshin, who has poured enormous passion and resources into modernising and rejuvenating the estate.

Hazendal celebrates both its Russian owners and rich South African heritage with the myriad attractions that are on offer today, including  a Russian Tea Room that celebrates the central role of tea in Russian culture, while introducing guests to traditional Russian pastries and savoury snacks.

 The Babushka Deli offers a family-friendly dining experience headed by Executive Chef Michélle Theron serving all-day breakfasts, gourmet sandwiches and seasonally inspired lunch plates. For something different, the Pivnushka Beer Garden, brings together the estate’s wines alongside local craft brews and flame-grilled fare in a space that’s ideal for casual get-togethers.  

The elegant Wine Lounge, offers a number of wine tasting options and The Marvol Gallery, housed in the estate’s historic original first homestead building–is home to an ever-changing roster of artworks, jewellery, sculpture and intricate objets d’art, much of it from Dr. Voloshin’s own private collection which includes an impressive portfolio of works from the respected Grekov Studio and a permanent display of  Vladimir Tretchikoff  among others.

Hazendal’s Classic Car Collection showcases a variety of historic beauties from Dr Mark Voloshin the private garage

There is even monthly Jazz Club evenings, hosting some of the most popular names in the genre; the likes of Emma de Goede, Sisonke Xonti and international jazz star Chad Lefkowitz-Brown.

Dating back to 1790, Hazendal’s iconic Homestead has been sensitively restored and upgraded into an opulent guesthouse capable of hosting up to 10 guests in five elegant en-suite bedrooms with modern comforts and conveniences and some winelands glamour.  

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While adults can enjoy the journey of art and culture, younger visitors will be entranced by the colourful world of Wonderdal.  

This unique edutainment experience combines learning with play, magic with innovation, allowing learners aged 5-13 to journey through the worlds of science, nature and life skills in the company of their Amuki companions. These five animated friends represent the five elements essential to life in Wonderdal – Sun, Earth, Sky, Water and Care – and are both the guardians and playmates for every young visitor to this enchanted space.  

Wonderdal is always access-controlled and supervised, allowing parents, and caregivers the opportunity to explore Hazendal estate with peace of mind while young visitors are enchanted by the wonderful world of Wonderdal.

Hazendal’s gardens have been extensively landscaped to offer an array of green spaces to relax and recharge and will soon boast a world-class golfing facility too.

Lose yourself in the magic of Hazendal https://www.hazendal.co.za/

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