Asara Wine Estate on Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch.



Asara Wine Estate. – I was invited by the wonderful Michael Olivier to enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at Asara Wine Estate and Hotel on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. Amazingly, as much as I’d driven past the Estate countless times, I had only been there once, more than 10 years ago.

It was a perfect day and the tree-lined approach welcomed my arrival. As did my hosts Michael, Winery GM Samantha Michaels Wiid and Winemaker Danielle le Roux. The Estate is set on the Poladraai road just 4kms from Stellenbosch and 25kms from Cape Town International Airport and has 100ha of the 180ha under vine.

We commenced with a private tasting in the barrel maturation cellar where I was introduced to a selection of their wines, the Pinotage Rose and Bell Tower turning out to be my favourites.

From there a tour of the luxury five star hotel to see some of the rooms and suites, as well as some time lingering on the balcony for long enough to appreciate the open view towards the surrounding mountains.

I was lucky enough to take a look at the recently added ‘mise en place’ fine dining restaurant and the 240 rich Gins on offer at Sansibar. Lunch was enjoyed outside, a casual wood-burnt vegetarian pizza with a perfectly thin crust and generous portion of avocado. All accompanied by a delicious Elder flower fever tree tonic water, with cardamom, orange zest, maraschino cherry.


Winery GM Samantha Michaels Wiid and Winemaker Danielle le Roux


The Five Star luxury hotel has 41 rooms and suites, each with it’s unique attributes such as headboards, fireplaces, standalone baths and views towards the mountains.


The Sansibar with its incredible collection Gins. The most in Africa.


Honestly one of the best oven burnt thin-based pizzas I’ve had, needless to say I ate it all.


The very best virgin cocktail. Elder flower fever tree tonic water with cardamom, orange zest, maraschino cherry.


The tree-lined avenue that welcomes you.

The enjoyment of food and dining is very much part of the Asara experience where they celebrate local, artisanal suppliers whenever possible and always subscribe to the ethos of seasonal, sustainable, flavour driven food. Option to enjoy meals here are:

– The evening only dining experience at “mise en place” with its elegant service, stunning food and vinoteque cellar.
– Sansibar our Gin lounge & Bistro is open from midday each day, an indoor/outdoor experience with lovely large terraces, sweeping views across the vineyards to the distant mountains.
– The Deli offers various treats, including in-house ice-creams in summer.
– The buffet and a la carte breakfasts are served at Raphael’s.

Asara wines and good company in an unfussy and beautiful atmosphere.

Too soon I was on my way, but look forward to returning for more and highly recommend the estate and restaurant for your next lunch, sundowners or dinner date. Also to get some of the delicious honey from the deli. I just loved how completely relaxed and friendly Asara and the efficient team here are, all matched to the fabulous setting and opulence.

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