#DoStellies – Waterford Estate Chocolate & Wine Pairing

by Karisa

Sometimes things happen where I just have to pinch myself… Like when the awesome team from the Stellenbosch Wine Route contacted me and said I could create my very own #DoStellies bucket list and they’ll make it happen!  I mean seriously, how awesome??

We got to planning right away… I already had a few ideas on my list, they provided some additional suggestions and together we came up with the following itinerary:

  • Day 1
    – Chocolate & wine pairing at Waterford Estate
    – Cheese platter & wine tasting at Uva Mira
    – Check-in & one night stay at Bonne Esperance Guest House
    – Dinner at Makaron Restaurant (at Majeka House)
  • Day 2
    – A lazy breakfast at Bonne Esperance
    – Horseriding by Equine Sports Centre (at Wild Clover Farm)
    – And finally, a gorgeous picnic at Warwick

On day 1 we also managed to squeeze in the “Duck Parade”  at Vergenoegd.  My partner-in-crime for the weekend, bestie Leigh, suggested we check it out after experiencing it a few weeks prior… So will be sharing some details about that as well.

But yeah, there’s so much to tell you guys about, I figured it would be easier to break it down into a series of #DoStellies posts, starting with that decadent chocolate & wine pairing at Waterford Estate.

This was my first visit to Waterford and I was completely blown away by how beautiful it is.  Just take a look at this:

That fountain also features on their wine labels… just so you know 😉

Gorgeous right?

The weather was a bit chilly on the day, so we opted to sit inside, which ended up being a great choice as we got to cosy up to the sexy fireplace…

Now doesn’t that look inviting…

Waterford offer various wine tasting experiences:  A standard tasting (R55 pp), the chocolate & wine pairing (R60 pp), a combo of these two (R80 pp), a library collection tasting (R165 pp – pre-booking essential), a reserve vintage tasting (R220 pp – pre-booking essential), a Jem tasting (R65 pp – featuring the current vintage of the Waterford Estate Flagship Red) and then also a wine drive (R600 pp) in their safari type Game Viewing Land Rover for a 2 hour trip through the 120ha estate.

That all sounded very tempting, but we were definitely there for the chocolate as I had heard rave reviews about it from friends.  The chocolate & wine pairing includes 3 wines carefully paired with silky smooth Von Geusau Fine Chocolates.

From left to right you have the Kevin Arnold Shiraz, Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon & Waterford Estate Family Reserve Heatherleigh…

These are carefully paired with a creamy dark chocolate, a salted dark chocolate & then a milk chocolate with a subtle rose taste…

A closer look at the bottles…

Pairings sometimes miss the mark, but I have to say this one delivered on all expectations.  You can see that a lot of very careful consideration went into finding the perfect chocolate & wine pairs.

I’d also say pay the R20 extra and do the standard tasting combo as well.  Their whites are be-a-u-ti-ful, so you wont’ want to miss out.

Waterford is open:

  • Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

And you’ll find them here:  Blaauwklippen Rd, Helderberg, Stellenbosch

For bookings you can contact them on: +27 (0) 21 880 5300 or info@waterfordestate.co.za

I think I’m gonna have to go back for that wine safari… any activity with wine sounds verrrrry good to me. 😉


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