Discover Blaauwklippen Wine Estate’s Gorgeous New Events Venue, the Glass House
At this beautiful historical estate, a range of updates and renovations set the scene for exciting times ahead.
In late 2018, the venerable Stellenbosch wine estate of Blaauwklippen launched a fresh chapter in its history with the launch of its new events venue, the Glass House. Gently nestled on the slopes of Stellenbosch Mountain, Blaauwklippen dates back to 1682 – making it one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa. The farm had been undergoing updates and renovations throughout the year in 2018, and as guests at the launch of its new offerings discovered on a pristine summer evening in December, these are very exciting times for the estate.
The team at Blaauwklippen Vineyards has partnered with Kraak Wedding Coordination & Events to transform the estate, accommodation and event facilities. And as a result, a wide range of day and overnight guests can now be welcomed, as Blaauwklippen now features opulently renovated accommodation suites, event spaces – as well as the spectacular new jewel in the estate’s crown, the Glass House.
Says Hannes Maritz, founder of and art director at Kraak, ‘Blaauwklippen’s heritage has resonated through the winelands for over 300 years, which makes this place extremely special. We hope to share this history with our guests and friends as we look at Blaauwklippen with a new vision – heritage reimagined.’
The estate now offers two accommodation offerings: the opulent Manor House (which was first built in 1812) and the pared-back-but-luxe Jonkershuis. The Manor House rooms are decorated in updated traditional style, with dramatic florals and moody hues predominating, and were designed by ResSource Interiors. The Manor House is perfect for a large family get-together or a wedding party and the entire space, which features eight rooms, can only be booked as a single unit. The 10 rooms in the Jonkershuis can be booked individually, or all the rooms can be reserved together as part of an official wedding package.
The most spectacular element of the revamp of the estate is the newly built Glass House. Providing a strong contrast to the softer lines of the heritage buildings with a modern silhouette, this magical glass cathedral-like structure feels simultaneously part of the natural world around it – it’s surrounded by fields of grass and has a spectacular view of the mountain above – and like an ultra-contemporary space. The Glass House is complemented by a set of nearby restrooms cleverly created in large, repurposed wine-fermentation tanks.
The Tasting Room and Blaauwklippen Bistro round off the renewed spaces with samplings of the estate’s iconic wines and a menu that offers hearty portions of classic modern-bistro fare (think pork belly, burgers and gourmet farm platters).
The Bistro space has been renovated to harmonise with the rich cultural heritage of Blaauwklippen, while also featuring a contemporary touch. And for smaller special occasions, beautiful concept rooms are available that are ideal for corporate parties, workshops, baby showers and intimate wedding ceremonies. Plus, there’s also a charming old courtyard in which outdoor event experiences can be hosted.
Visit Blaauwklippen’s website for more information and to make reservations.