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L'Ormarins

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Published 05/20/2009

Fodor's Review

Dating from 1811, the archetypal Cape Dutch manor house is festooned with flowers and framed by majestic peaks, but instead of remaining in the past, this winery has embraced the future and pumped serious money into a major revamp. L'Ormarins is the main estate and part of the Rupert empire, but there are five labels produced by their various farms dotted around the Western Cape. The wines include the premium Anthonij Rupert range, the L'Ormarins label, Terra Del Capo, Cape of Good Hope, and Protea range. The farm has three state-of-the-art cellars and two tasting rooms. At the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room, in the manor house, you can try the Cape of Good Hope and Anthonij Rupert wine ranges. High tea is served here in the afternoon (by reservation only). You can try the other ranges at the Terra Del Capo Tasting Room. There's an antipasto bar below the tasting room, where you can enjoy tasty tapas. Chat with the winemakers, and they'll tell you that the farm has introduced revolutionary

farming practices, from transporting the grapes to the cellar in cool trucks to optical sorting and hand-stemming. The results are impressive, and you're likely to find something to suit your taste and pocket. The AR Merlot is exceptional: look out for mulberries, blackberries, and hints of fynbos along with fruitcake and cloves. The TDC Sangiovese is a brilliant, light drinking wine, and the Pinot Grigio is always a pleasure. Visit the estate's Franschhoek Motor Museum, home to more than 80 cars of varying ages in mint condition (R80 per person).

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Sight Information

Address:

R45 (Franschhoek Rd.), Groot Drakenstein, Mpumalanga, 7690, South Africa

Phone:

021-874–9000

Sight Details:

  • Tastings R25–R90 (per flight of 3–4 wines), Motor Museum R80
  • Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room closed Sun.; Terra del Capo Tasting Room and antipasto bar closed Mon.

Published 05/20/2009

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