Stanford Hills Estate

Hand Crafted Wines

Stanford Hills Estate is set in the heart of the Overberg and forms part of the Stanford Wine Route. The estate produces a collection of award-winning wines that include sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, rose, pinotage, shiraz and selected blends, available for tastings and sales. Stanford Hills Estate’s Tasting Room is open for breakfast, lunch, mezze platters and the Picnic Shed provides pre-packed picnics for a few lazy hours spent on the lawn next to the farm dam. The immaculately preserved Manor House, two refurbished labourers’ cottages and eight fully-fitted AfriCamp tents provide a self-catering destination like no other. Stanford Hills Estate is available for function hire and regularly plays host to live music concerts and festivals. Wine tasting is offered at the Wine Shop or at the Tasting Room, both of which are open seven days a week from 8:00 to 17:00.

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About

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Winemaker Peter Kastner modestly states that great wine is produced in the vineyard, and credits the wonderful soil and climate of the region for the exquisite quality of the Stanford Hills Estate wines. All the grapes that Peter uses are grown on the farm and hand-picked to ensure only the best quality grapes are used for annual wine production.

In 2019 winemaker and viticulturist Mark Stephens joined the Stanford Hills team to share in the passion for the drive to bring a fresher style to wines with lower-alcohol content.

Tastings and Wine Sales

Tastings and Wine Sales

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Stanford Hills Estate is open to the public for wine sales and tastings that are offered daily at the Tasting Room Restaurant, The Picnic Shed and The Wine Shop. 

The wine shop stocks:

  • Wine (Stanford Hills Estate)
  • Grappa (craft)
  • Witblits (craft)
  • Gin
  • Fynbos (bunches)

Stanford Hills Estate is open for tastings and wine sales from 8:00 until 17:00, seven days a week.

Veldfire Pinotage (2018)

Veldfire Pinotage (2018)

Stanford Hills Estate presents Veldfire Pinotage (2018).

Wine Making
  • Winemaker: Peter Kastner
  • Grapes were hand-selected, crushed and allowed two days cold maceration. Fermentation was done in small bins, punched down four-to-five times daily. Fermented between 22 & 25°C. Malolactic fermentation completed in a tank before racking to barrel. Matured in French and Hungarian barriques for 13 months (15% new).
Remarks
  • Colour: Deep red
  • Nose: Floral, fynbos, spice and red berry fruit
  • Palate: Soft entry with a good interplay of ripe fruit and tannin. Balanced, refreshing finish. Drinks easily.
  • Food: Steak, Game, curries and rich stews. All red meats.
Analysis
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Residual Sugar: 2.4g/L
  • Total Acid: 5.2g/L
  • pH: 3.6
Vineyard Information
  • Cultivar: 100% Pinotage
  • Region: Walker Bay
  • Irrigation: None
  • Trellis System: Vertical shoot positioning
  • Soil: Clay & “Koffieklip” (Laterite)
  • Climate: Cool with winter rainfall
Harvest Information
  • Type: Hand-picked
  • Date: 2 February 2018
  • Yield: 5 tons /ha
Jacksons Pinotage (2016)

Jacksons Pinotage (2016)

Stanford Hills Estate presents Jacksons Pinotage (2016)

Wine Making
  • Winemaker: Peter Kastner
  • Grapes were hand-selected, crushed and allowed two days cold maceration. Fermentation was done in small bins, punched down four to five times daily. Fermented between 22 & 25°C. Malolactic fermentation completed in the tank before racking the barrels. Matured in French and Hungarian barriques for 13-months (15% new).
Remarks
  • Colour: Vibrant purple
  • Nose: Spicy red fruit with hints of oak and subtle mocha tones
  • Palate: Rich fruit entry. Beautiful palate structure with hints of dried fig and subtle oak.
  • Food: Roasts, venison, rich meat dishes and flavorful casseroles.
Analysis
  • Alcohol: 14.46% abv
  • Residual Sugar: 2.4g/L
  • Total Acid: 5.6g/L
  • pH: 3.68
Vineyard Information
  • Cultivar: 100% Pinotage
  • Region: Walkerbay
  • Appellation: Stanford Foothills
  • Irrigation: None
  • Trellis System: Vertical shoot positioning
  • Soil: Clay & amp “Koffieklip” (Laterite)
  • Climate: Cool with winter rainfall
Harvest Information
  • Type: Handpicked
  • Date: 15 February 2016
  • Yield: 5 tons /ha
Stanford Hills Shiraz (2016)

Stanford Hills Shiraz (2016)

Stanford Hills Estate presents Stanford Hills Shiraz (2016)

Wine Making
  • Winemaker: Peter Kastner
  • Consultant: Niels Verburg
  • Grapes were hand-selected, crushed and allowed two days cold maceration. Fermentation was done in small bins, punched down four-to-five times daily. Fermented between 22 & 25°C. Malolactic fermentation completed in the tank before racking the barrels. Matured in French and Hungarian barriques for 18-months (15% new).
Remarks
  • Colour: Deep vibrant purple
  • Nose: Spicy dark berries, black currants, with hints of liquorice and pepper.
  • Palate: Succulent and rounded tannins with black cherries and brambles that finish in ‘cigar box and dried fruit’.
  • Food: Lamb dishes, venison, ostrich and flavorful casseroles.
Analysis
  • Alcohol: 14.60%
  • Residual Sugar: 2.1g/L
  • Total Acid: 5.0g/L
  • pH: 3.55
Vineyard Information
  • Cultivar: 100% Shiraz
  • Region: Walker Bay
  • Appellation: Stanford Foothills
  • Irrigation: Complimentary drip
  • Trellis System: Vertical shoot positioning
  • Soil: Clay and “Koffieklip” (Laterite)
  • Climate: Cool with winter rainfall
Harvest Information
  • Type: Handpicked
  • Date: 13 March 2016
  • Yield: 6 tons /ha
Stanford Hills Sauvignon Blanc (2020)

Stanford Hills Sauvignon Blanc (2020)

Stanford Hills Estate presents Stanford Hills Sauvignon Blanc (2020)

Wine Making
  • Winemaker: Mark Stephens
  • Grapes were picked early-morning, whole-bunch pressed and allowed to settle for 24-hours. Fermentation took place at 15°C. The wine was kept on the lees for three months, after which it was racked and prepared for bottling. No added acid, sugar, etc.
Remarks
  • Colour: Fresh light green and yellow hues
  • Nose: Pears, white guava and granadilla
  • Palate: Lively acidity with rich tropical fruit
Analysis
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Residual Sugar: 2.8g/l
  • Total Acid: 6g/l
  • pH: 3.2
Vineyard Information
  • Cultivar: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Region: Walker Bay
  • Appellation: Stanford Foothills
  • Irrigation: Complimentary drip
  • Trellis System: Vertical shoot positioning. Double Perold
  • Soil: Mixed duplex clay soils
  • Climate: Cool with winter rainfall
Harvest Information
  • Type: Handpicked
  • Date: 16th February 2020
  • Yield: 4.2 tons /ha
Stanford Hills Chardonnay (2019)

Stanford Hills Chardonnay (2019)

Stanford Hills Estate presents Stanford Hills Chardonnay (2019)

Wine Making
  • Winemaker: Mark Stephens
  • Grapes were picked early-morning and whole-bunch pressed. After 24-hours settling in the tank, the wine was racked to 225-litre French oak barrels where it completed alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. The wine remained in the barrel for 10-months.
Remarks
  • Colour: Straw 
  • Nose: Floral, peaches, and spice
  • Palate: Peachy, tropical entry. Gentle viscosity with juicy mid-palate. Finishes with clean lime, chalky flavours.
Analysis
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Residual Sugar: 2.2g/L
  • Total Acid: 5.0g/L
  • pH: 3.4
Vineyard Information
  • Cultivar: 100% Chardonnay
  • Region: Walker Bay
  • Appellation: Stanford Foothills
  • Irrigation: Complimentary Drip
  • Trellis System: Vertical shoot positioning. Double Perold.
  • Soil: Mixed duplex clay soils
  • Climate: Cool with winter rainfall
Harvest Information
  • Type: Handpicked
  • Date: 9 February 2019
  • Yield: 1 tons/ha
Stanford Hills Shiraz Rose (2020)

Stanford Hills Shiraz Rose (2020)

Stanford Hills Estate presents Stanford Hills Shiraz Rose (2020)

Wine Making
  • Winemaker: Mark Stephens
  • Grapes were hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed and allowed to settle for 24-hours. Racked to Stainless steel tank where it fermented at 12°C to retain the fresh fruit flavours. The wine remained in tanks for three months before bottling.
Remarks
  • Colour: Blush
  • Nose: Bright cherries and blueberries
  • Palate: Fresh and lively with a rich bouquet of berries.
Analysis
  • Alcohol: 11.5%
  • Residual Sugar: 1.5g/L
  • Total Acid: 6.0g/L
  • pH: 3.4
Vineyard Information
  • Cultivar: 100% Shiraz
  • Region: Walker Bay
  • Appellation: Stanford Foothills
  • Irrigation: Complimentary drip
  • Trellis System: Vertical shoot positioning. Double Perold.
  • Soil: “Koffieklip” soil
  • Climate: Cool with Winter rainfall
Harvest Information
  • Type: Handpicked
  • Date: 3 March 2020
  • Yield: 5 tons/ha
Veldfire Cape Blend (2019)

Veldfire Cape Blend (2019)

Stanford Hills Estate presents Stanford Hills Veldfire Blend (2019)

Wine Making
  • Winemaker: Mark Stephens
  • Blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Pinotage 
  • Grapes were fermented in small open-top fermenters with punch downs three times daily. The wine was left to macerate on skins for a further 10-days after fermentation before being racked to barrel old French oak barrels. Left in the barrel for 10-months.
Remarks
  • Colour: Dark rich purple
  • Nose: Dark berries, and a touch of spice
  • Palate: Fine chalky tannins, blend perfectly with rich flavours
Analysis
  • Alcohol: 13.8%
  • Residual Sugar: 2.2g/L
  • Total Acid: 5.0g/L
  • pH: 3.45
Vineyard Information
  • Cultivar: 90% Shiraz and 10% Pinotage
  • Region: Walker Bay
  • Irrigation: Complimentary drip
  • Trellis System: Vertical shoot positioning. Double Perold
  • Soil: Duplex and Koffieklip
  • Climate: Cool with winter rainfall
Harvest Information
  • Type: Handpicked
  • Date: 10 February 2019, 28 February 2019
  • Yield: 5 tons/ha
Veldfire Rose (2020)

Veldfire Rose (2020)

Stanford Hills Estate presents Veldfire Rose (2020)

Wine Making
  • Winemaker: Mark Stephens
  • Grapes were hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed and allowed to settle for 24-hours. Racked to a stainless steel tank where it is fermented at 12°C to retain the fresh fruit flavours. The wine remained in tanks for three months before bottling.
Remarks
  • Colour: Blush
  • Nose: Bright red fruit, strawberries and raspberries
  • Palate: Fresh acidity followed by strawberries and cream
Analysis
  • Alcohol: 11.5%
  • Residual Sugar: 1.8g/L
  • Total Acid: 6.0g/L
  • pH: 3.35
Vineyard Information
  • Cultivar: 100% Pinotage
  • Region: Walker Bay
  • Irrigation: Complimentary drip
  • Trellis System: Vertical shoot positioning. Double Perold.
  • Soil: “Koffieklip” soil
  • Climate: Cool with Winter rainfall
Harvest Information
  • Type: Handpicked
  • Date: 28 January 2020
  • Yield: 3 tons/ha
Awards

Awards

Stanford Hills Estate has received numerous awards and accolades. These have included:

  • Jacksons Pinotage 2016 - 4 Star platters guide (Gilbert and Gaillard GOLD) International Challenge 2020
  • Stanford Hills Shiraz 2016 - 4 Stars platters guide (Gilbert and Gaillard 90+) - International Challenge 2020
The Tasting Room at Stanford Hills

The Tasting Room at Stanford Hills

The Tasting Room at Stanford Hills is a laid-back restaurant on the Stanford Hills Estate. 

Embraced by the Klein River Mountains and bountiful vineyards on one side, and a tranquil farm dam on the other, The Tasting Room allows you to be at one with nature and with yourself, while you enjoy wholesome food, celebrated wines and great company. Whether you want breakfast, lunch, mezze platters or a packed picnic from the estate’s seasonal Picnic Shed, you can find it all at The Tasting Room at Stanford Hills. 

The Tasting Room at Stanford Hills is child and pet friendly and has a sandpit, trampoline, jungle gym and small boats that can be used to paddle around the dam. The restaurant seats a maximum of 100 guests, and booking is essential.

For more information contact The Tasting Room at Stanford Hills here.

Stanford Hills Accommodation

Stanford Hills Accommodation

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Stanford Hills Estate stretches lazily across the slopes of the picturesque Klein River Mountains and offers nature lovers a choice between:

Manor House (sleeps eleven)
Brunia Cottage (sleeps four)
Sylvia Cottage (sleeps four) 
AfriCamps Tents (sleeps five per tent)

For more information contact Stanford Hills Accommodation here.

Stanford Wine Route 

Stanford Wine Route 

Stanford Hills Estate forms part of the Stanford Wine Route which well-known wine estates and boutique-style micro-establishments set in the heart of the Overberg. 

The route’s nine farms have vineyards which thrive on sandy dunes, rocky mountain slopes and fertile stretches of land that share space with endemic fields of fynbos. Top winemakers produce wines, many of which are winning awards and receiving accolades. 

Stanford Wine Route includes:

  • Stanford Hills Estate
  • Boschrivier
  • Misty Mountain
  • Raka
  • Sir Robert Stanford
  • Springfontein
  • Vaalvlei
  • Walker Bay 
  • Welgesind

 The Stanford Wine Route includes wineries, craft breweries and distilleries, as well as restaurants, venue hire facilities and the availability of outdoor activities. Furthermore, the Stanford Wine Route has a choice of accommodation options.

To find out more about the Stanford Wine Route and all it has to offer, read here.

Reviews

Reviews

“We visited the Tasting Room when we recently stayed at Stanford Hills Estate and we were not disappointed. Although rustic, this added to the ambience of the area. The food was excellent and the local wine was also out of the top drawer. It was worth the visit.” Sunnybrae
“The Veldfire pinotage is exceptional!” Kardoesie
“Tried some of the estate's pinotage last year while visiting Cape Town. I liked it so much I wanted to visit the winery during my stay. Everything was perfect, the wine, food and the amazing views. We also had a very friendly welcome. All-in-all well worth the trip!” Chalkmanvid
“Beautiful, enchanting, unpretentious, fun and child and pet friendly. We were greeted by the owner. Excellent wines and a superb menu. Our waitress was loads of fun. Can’t wait to go back here! ” Tim 
“Friendly staff and excellent lunches at the Tasting Room. The pinotage jam is excellent. Take some home!” Mary Mcleary

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