Waterford – Mediterranean Flair at the Cape
Within the shortest amount of time, the Waterford Estate has made a renowned name for itself on the international wine scene. With elegance and potential, the fruity and exquisite top wines cause a stir and receive plenty of appreciation. For adventurers, the estate offers an eventful two-hour wine safari through the vineyards. The spectacular view of the Table Mountain, the Helderberg Mountain and the Stellenbosch Mountain round off the trip.
- Founding year
- Waterford Estate, Blaauwklippen Rd, Helderberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa
- 60 hectares
- Flagship wine
- The Jem
- Porcupine Trail Wine Walk (Discover the fauna and flora of South Africa incl. Wine Tasting), Wine Drive Safari, restaurant
- Tasting Room
- daily: 10:00 - 17:00 h
Mark Le Roux
The Waterford winery has accompanied Mark Le Roux for the greater part of his life – he had worked there while studying at the Stellenbosch University. In 2009, after he had gained lots of national as well as international experience, he started as Assistent Winemaker and a new member of the cellar team at Waterford. Three years later, he took over the position of the winemaker. Mark is convinced that South Africa has the incredible potential to produce the finest wines in the world. The elegance and finesse of the Waterford wines have always driven his passion for making wine. In 2017, Marc Le Roux was named “Young Winemaker of the year” by the critic Tim Atkin.
Waterford Estate - Enjoying wine with all senses
Waterford offers different wine ranges amongst The Jem (the flagship from Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Barbera and Sangiovese) and the Kevin Arnold Shiraz are very popular – not only in South Africa, but internationally, too! These noble bottles can be tried during a unique wine tasting at the beautiful winery. The most popular tasting option is the signature Wine and Chocolate pairing. The wines are paired with a selection of handmade chocolates, including “Rose Geranium”, “Masala Chai” to “Rock Salt chocolate” that have been created exclusively by chocolatier Richard von Geusau..
French Design in Touch with Nature in South Africa
The architect Alex Walker designed and created this South African winery that is situated in the middle of a citrus orchard and surrounded by lavender and rosemary, creating a unique sensory experience. The courtyard, in the center of the winery has a fountain surrounded large plane trees. The sustainability practices of the Waterford Estate play a great role in demonstrating our respect for nature and the environment. Only half of the property is planted under vines and orchards, the remainder is dedicated to the preservation and growth of the indigenous fynbos. Waterford Estate’s farm manager David and winemaker Mark Le Roux work hand in hand to ensure the implementation of the best practices for the longevity of the land and its vines, citrus and olive trees.
Waterford – Visions and Cultivation
The Waterford Estate has its origins in a very special partnership between two families that shared one dream: creating a winery at which a carefree joie de vivre, the beauty of nature and its fruits are appreciated and celebrated. The Ord and Arnold families not only started another winery at the Cape but created their own new home. You can feel this intention and love when visiting Waterford. Originally, the winery was a part of Stellenrust and is located in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley in the South African cultivation region Stellenbosch. Besides the houses, citrus groves and fragrant lavender beds adorn the estate.