When it comes to the Stellenbosch Wine Route, there are certainly a few farms that are the most “well-known,” or at least the most popular. To most people, I’m sure the name Yonder Hill rings a few bells, but it’s generally not necessarily at the top of most people’s to-do list when going wine tasting. What with gorgeous views, lovely easy drinking wine, an extremely generous cheese platter, and of the friendliest wine tasting assistants I’ve ever experienced, I sincerely hope that this blog post encourages every single person who reads it to spend a stunning summer’s afternoon at Yonder Hill.
The first thing about Yonder Hill that appealed to me is that it is on the R44, but only about five minutes out of Somerset West: as you pass the robot at Waterstone Village and the Lord Charles Hotel, Yonder Hill is the first wine farm on your right-hand side. The best part is that even though it’s around the corner, with the gorgeous luscious scenery completely surrounding you, you are instantly transported into happy holiday mode, no matter what day of the week!
There is seating available inside or outside, and even a very cozy-looking lounge suite and fireplace to keep in mind for those chilly winter months! When we arrived, the absolutely lovely wine tasting hostess showed us to our table which had already been fully prepared and laid out for us. I really appreciated that because I felt like a VIP, or at the very least, a valued customer whom they had put time and effort in to please me – which they definitely succeeded in doing!
I did this wine tasting with my best friend and colleague, and in case you didn’t know, we both work in the wine industry. Because we are both young girls who like any excuse to get dressed up and rock a pair of heels, we often leave a wine tasting feeling like we were undermined, and the person conducting the tasting didn’t take us seriously. This always makes my blood boil, because we are just as interested in the wine and farm history as the next person – if not more! But at Yonder Hill, the wine tasting hostess treated us with the utmost respect straight off the bat, and gave us a fascinating, detailed description of the wine without even knowing we work in the industry. She was able to answer all of our questions, and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience as a whole. The platter and the wines were excellent, but the ladies in the tasting room really brought the whole package together.
You are able to view their tasting, platter and wine options on their website, but I have been given the go-ahead to advertise their summer special which we opted for. For the minuscule amount of R150, you are treated to a tasting of five of their wines, a cheese and biltong platter for two, PLUS a bottle of either their Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot to enjoy after! Please note that this should be booked at least 48 hours in advance, possibly more if you’re looking to go on a weekend because as you can imagine, it is extremely popular and availability is limited!