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Out & About with wine.co.za: Celebrating 361 years of winemaking I Whimsical Wonderdal I Paul Cluver visit


12 February 2020  -  wine.co.za

Exploring beautiful places like Wonderdal at Hazendal Estate and Paul Cluver is always a treat and South African winemaking celebrated it 361st year with the annual Harvest Commemorative at Groot Constantia.

361 Years of Winemaking in South Africa

As far as we know, South Africa is the only country in the world to have its first wine production documented. Jan van Riebeek is quoted as saying  ''Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grape'' - this on the 2nd of Feb 1659.

We now celebrate this unique occasion annually - hosted by Groot Constantia, home to the first wines produced in South Africa. 

Whimsical Wonderdal at Hazendal

Wonderdal is a fantasy edutainment centre for children from ages 5-13 years, at the wine estate of Hazendal. Children get to have fun while learning, isn't that incredible?

Feed your child’s curiosity as they discover the world of Wonderdal with their friendly creatures called Amuki, where they take you on a journey, physically and intellectually.

Be sure to visit Wonderdal with your little ones, experience the journey to a magical world of exploring, experimenting and so much more. Parents get a chance to escape from their little ones and get explore Hazendal, by visiting their tasting room, which offerings tastings between R35 – R90, or Babushka Deli where they offer breakfast and lunch, or simply enjoy their Russian Tea Ceremony. There are also scrumptious meals for the kids.

A visit to Paul Cluver

At our recent visit we discovered Paul Cluver's newly opened tasting room. Paul Cluver offers Mountain Bike trails too and the excellent SALT restaurant.

Another discovery in their new tasting room is the incredible table and furniture, which was honed and planed by the hands of the neurosurgeon himself, Dr Paul Cluver.  Huge trees must have given way to these incredible organic tables.  Beautiful they are. Take a trip out when next in Elgin and see for yourself.