Hartenberg Estate Restaurant in Stellenbosch
We invite you to go to Hartenberg Estate Restaurant for their delectable dishes
Hartenberg Wine Estate at a glance...
In 1704, Christoffel Esterhuizzen was granted the title deed to “Het Hartenberg” by the Governer (Willem Adriaan van der Stel) and became the first official owner of the farm. By 1718, he had 10 000 vines on his property and produced four leggers of wine.
The well-known elephant hunter, Paulus Keyser, bought Hartenberg in 1721 and continued the practice of wine cultivation and wine-making on the farm until he sold it to Jacob van Bochen in 1725.
Van Bochen, a former accountant of the Dutch East India Company butchery and holder of the liquor retail monopoly, also bought Weltevrede the following year, thus servicing the two properties.
Since then, the two farms have remained a combined property, forming the Hartenberg estate as we know it today.
After Van Bochen, and for about a hundred years, the farm passed through the hands of various owners, some of them with colourful names like Arrie Lekkerwyn, and Aaron van Ceylon (a freed slave) and in 1838 it became the property of the brothers Jacobus and Johannes Bosman.
Like the previous owners, the Bosmans grew grain and grazed cattle on the long gentle slopes of Hartenberg with wine grown only for domestic use. It was Johannes who, after buying his brother’s share in the farm, built the existing manor house in 1849.
An important period in the farm’s development was ushered in by the Hampf family when they bought Hartenberg in 1928. Mrs Hampf extended the vineyards and planted the many beautiful trees still to be seen around the farm and cellar, while her husband became the first officially recorded winemaker on the estate.
In 1948, Hartenberg was bought by the late Dr Maurice Finlayson (a well-known Cape Town pathologist) and his wife, Eleanor. Discovering the true potential of the estate, they soon began marketing their wines under the label “Montagne”. Besides good wine, the Finlaysons also produced two sons, Peter and Walter, who were to become renowned South African winemakers in their own right.
Gilbeys were the next owners of the estate, purchasing it from the Finlaysons in 1977. They eventually released the present Hartenberg range as their flagship in 1985.
Then came the Mackenzies.
On 1 January 1987, Bermuda-based businessman, Ken Mackenzie, purchased Hartenberg, having seen the potential that the perennial under-achiever offered. At a time of great political instability and much disinvestment in South Africa, his move was brave, to say the least.
To this day, long after Ken’s death, his daughters continue a programme of investment in the farm, focusing on three key areas: the replanting to specific sites of some 55 hectares of premium varietals, the development of production facilities, and the upliftment of knowledge and skills for labour and management.
The Mackenzie vision, though extremely ambitious, remains simple: to do whatever it takes to produce wines of outstanding quality by anybody’s standards. To create only what wino’s call “the good stuff”.
From November until the end of Easter, Hartenberg Estate is opening their gates seven days a week for you to experience the warmth of their welcome and enjoy languid days exploring all the farm has to offer:
A variety of wine tasting options
Canape and wine pairing selections
Daily blackboard offerings including grilled Karoo lamb chops, salmon trout salad, a trio of savoury tarts.
Choose a table under the trees of lounge on cushions on the lawn with a beautifully packed picnic basket. All ingredients are locally sourced, free range and complemented by Hartenberg’s home baked breads. Picnics are R150pp and include a bottle of estate wine to share between two.
Children’s picnics are R50 per child under 12
The children’s play area, boules, strolls in the wetlands and bird watching round off a perfect day in the sun drenched winelands.
Monday to Friday: 09h00 – 17h15
Saturday and public holidays: 09h00 -1 5h00
Sunday (December and Easter): 10h00 – 15h30
Lunch: 12h00 – 14h00
Cellar tours: by appointment only
Closed: Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday
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