Stay in Elegance at Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate

Words: Julie Velosa

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscape of Stellenbosch, lies the venerable Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate. The farm’s story, which began in 1696, is an integral chapter of South Africa’s winemaking history and – under the stewardship of its new-ish custodian, German entrepreneur, Prof Dr. Dr. Peter Löw – it has quietly been undergoing a remarkable renaissance. On a recent visit to the estate, we witnessed firsthand some of the changes that have come into play.Vergenoegd-Low

New & Improved – Changes at Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate

From the moment you enter the grounds, change is evident. The entrance is all-new, completely separate from the original one and takes you up a long driveway past some of the luxury accommodation offerings at the estate.

Options include four Deluxe Lodge Rooms, located in the restored farm manager’s house, exuding a quiet but definite opulence through modern amenities and tasteful décor. There are also four Vineyard Suites, six free-standing Luxury Cottages, the Presidential Suite, and the Owner’s Villa. If you are after peace and privacy, you cannot go wrong with any of these options. Each has been tastefully designed with that exact idea in mind.

From the moment you enter the grounds, change is evident.

Our stay afforded us the comfort of a Deluxe Lodge Room, complete with a private hot tub, a well-stocked minibar, and a sumptuous double vanity bathroom. Set amidst the vineyards, it’s both peaceful, pretty and private.

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Die Geuwels Fantasties

The culinary offerings at Vergenoegd Löw are a testament to its commitment to excellence. Geuwels and Clara’s Barn, the estate’s flagship restaurants, blend a fusion of local flavours and innovation, under the umbrella of well-known chef Bertus Basson’s dining group.

Clara’s Barn pays homage to its namesake, Peter’s wife, with refined fine dining dinner experiences. Geuwels offers both indoor and outdoor seating for breakfast and lunch and features small plates, highlighting unique local flavours. Both restaurants are led by head chef, Drikus Brink.

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After a quiet night’s sleep in our vineyard accommodation, we headed to Geuwels (Afrikaans for Gables) for a farmhouse breakfast of epic proportions. The menu begins with ‘plates’ with the likes of farm cheeses, charcuterie and seasonal fruit – this is just the start before you get to a hearty menu of hot options.

We opted for a Baker’s Basket, which sounds deceiving because what arrived was a large, funky tin lunchbox positively bursting with both freshly baked plain and chocolate croissants, as well as muffins, different types of bread and farm butter.

After a quiet night’s sleep in our vineyard accommodation, we headed to Geuwels (Afrikaans for Gables) for a farmhouse breakfast of epic proportions.

I’m not sure how, but we also managed to order a waffle with bacon, honey butter and fried eggs, which was enormous but delicious. We also made room for a ‘Bennie & Hennie’, a crisp chicken schnitzel on sourdough with Hollandaise – a zhushed up and slightly OTT farm-style eggs Benedict – divine!

Wine, Of Course

We were treated to an indigenous wine-tasting experience guided by Nuylo; this unique sensory tasting journey celebrates South African flavours. This struck me as the ideal way for tourists to sample things that they otherwise might find hard to come by (unless specifically looking for them) – things like spekboom, amasi, makatan, roosterkoek and mebos.

This is not a pairing but instead, you are invited to taste different things with different wines and find what flavours work for you. This was a refreshing approach that we thoroughly loved.

We sampled a variety of Vergenoegd Löw’s wines – the exceptional quality of their Cabernet Sauvignon came as no surprise, as they have consistently been recognised and awarded for its excellence year after year.

A Flock of Feathered Friends

Yet, amidst the wine and epicurean delights, the famed Indian Runner ducks steal the show at Vergenoegd Löw. A cherished tradition, these feathered custodians waddle down to the vineyards each morning; their presence is a testament to the estate’s commitment to sustainable viticulture.HR-Vergenoegd-Low_Indian-running-ducks_

As natural pest controllers, their role is an important one and they are an integral part of the estate maintaining its WWF Conservation Champion status, and its IPW biodiversity certification. Their daily ritual of snail, slug and bug breakfast keeps the vineyards pest-free in the most natural way possible and epitomises the harmony between nature and nurture.

…amidst the wine and epicurean delights, the famed Indian Runner ducks steal the show at Vergenoegd Löw.

If you’re visiting for breakfast or lunch, you’ll catch them as they promenade down to the vineyards or when they come back and enjoy a splash under the sprinklers. With a flock of over 1000 ducks, it’s a sight to behold, both for kids and adults alike.

Uncovering It All

A visit to Vergenoegd Löw is not merely another wine farm to chalk up, it’s so much more than that.

Custodian Prof Dr. Dr. Peter Löw’s commitment to preserving the heritage of the farm, but also catapulting it into this century, is evident everywhere. And from what we understood after chatting to members of the team, there is plenty still to come. Significant efforts have been invested not only in recounting the farm’s complex history but also in implementing innovative practices to ensure its continued prosperity as it moves forward.

Custodian Prof Dr. Dr. Peter Löw’s commitment to preserving the heritage of the farm, but also catapulting it into this century, is evident everywhere.

Whether indulging in a wine tasting, savouring a gourmet meal or catching the runner ducks doing their thing, one thing is certain: Vergenoegd Löw is a destination where the past and present converge, leaving an indelible impression on all who make time to uncover what it has to offer.

Treat Yourself this Winter

Ready to book your stay? This amazing offer is on until the end of September, what are you waiting for?

WINTER WARMTH LUXURY RETREAT OFFER 
(Valid from 1 May to 30 September 2024)

Two nights including:

  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Wholesome farm breakfast, daily
  • Free limited minibar, replenished daily
  • One complimentary wine tasting of the Vergenoegd Löw wine range
  • 15% off spa treatments
  • One complimentary dinner at Clara’s Barn (Thursday to Saturday) or in the historic homestead’s Hearth Room (Sunday to Wednesday)
  • One complimentary afternoon tea experience in the homestead, with a glass of Vergenoegd Löw wine
  • Indian Runner duck experience

Package rates:

  • Deluxe Lodge Rooms – Double: R11 160
  • Vineyard Suites – Double: R14 140

1 Faure Village Road, Somerset West, Off R310, Stellenbosch Wine Route 

Open Monday to Sunday 10h00 to 17h00 | Email | 021 204 3046

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