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Hello Hazendal

4 December 2019  -  Stellenbosch Visio

As a farm that borders a big city, Hazendal offers an uplifting outdoor meeting place for urban souls, its gently sloping werf lined by gracious Cape Dutch buildings that look out over the Bottelary vineyards and hills.

The words ‘Anno 1781’ on the gable of the oldest building confirm the historical value of the farm, which had its humble beginnings in 1699 as the home of an early VOC official, Christoffel Hazenwinkel.

What sets Hazendal apart is that it is Russian owned and has been for 25 years. Its owner, international businessman, investor and philanthropist Dr Mark Voloshin, had long-standing ties with South Africa before he bought Hazendal in 1994. Today, he and his two daughters, Ina and Simone, and son-in-law, Shlomi, run the farm, having revamped and expanded its hospitality offering to make it an exceptional Winelands destination. 

Without doubt the most exotic Russian experience on the farm is the Russian Tea Garden, situated in a quiet corner of the werf. This fine traditional tea ceremony is served in the shade of oak trees and involves a grand offering of Russian bakes and specially imported black tea. 

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