Hg2 : The Hedonist


Like many places of interest in Cape Town, this one’s loaded with the country’s race history. With centuries worth of tartaric acid stuck to its cellar walls and cobwebs layering the dusty bottles, grapes picked exclusively by hand and an ancient oak tree planted by the original owners, this late 17th-century estate conjures up the most romantic notions of wine farming. Muratie’s history is hardly unique to this region, but the tale of how the original owners – a German soldier and his slave girl wife – saw out their love affair against the odds is part of the great irony of South African race history. Muratie’s layers of history are visible everywhere, making this one of the more evocative estates anywhere in the Cape; and if you’re looking for a vintage-related conversation opener, it was here that the first Pinot Noir grapes were planted in 1927. Cellar tours – recommended for the chance to soak up the deep history – happen at 10.30am and 2.30pm.

off the R44, between Stellenbosch and Paarl, Stellenbosch,
+27 21 865 2330
Opening Times
daily, 10am-5pm. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
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