Welcome to the Anthonji Rupert Estate. Its picturesque beauty pulls you in from the R45 road. The gate stands tall as it very proudly guards the integrity and history behind it. If you love a good story based on family, hard work and incredible philosophies then this is the right place to lap it all up.
Once parked, the magic begins. You are immediately greeted by the incredibly friendly staff. Behind each smile is a definite sense of pride for the name that the honour and family that they are so productively apart of. With the number of staff having tripled since starting, the Anthonji Rupert family have grown in numbers as its name in the wine world.
Jump aboard the Franschhoek Motor Museum tram (not to be confused with the trams that run within the Franschhoek center) which leaves on the hour every hour and you can book for it at the front desk when entering the premises. If you miss the tram you may take the short drive to the Anthonji Rupert tasting room or dine at the restaurant. There are plenty of things to do on this estate.
The first stop, the Anthonji Rupert Tasting Room. As you step off the tram you are confronted with the immensely calming smell of the roses in the rose garden. Originally this was the Graham Beck estate. The rose garden was established by Mr Beck for his wife as a special ode, a local Taj Mahal if you will. An incredible romantic gesture is now the perfect setting for the High Teas that are hosted at the estate.
High Tea on the Anthonji Rupert estate would definitely be an occasion and the team of dedicated chefs and patisserie fundi’s have put together a menu to go with the decadence of the day. The menu is subject to change for seasonality, group sizes, events etc. Time to tease your taste buds with a little look at the menu:
Breakfast High Tea Menu
Yoghurt cups, Estate honey & berries
Mini Banana & Walnut muffins
Seasonal Fruit skewers
Scones with Cream & Strawberry Jam
Ham and Egg Cups
Smoked Salmon & Dill Blini’s with Horseradish Cream
Mini croissants with Parma ham & rocket
R140 per person, min. 6 guests please
Reservations are essential
High Tea Menu
Passion fruit & Pistachio mousse ‘cigars’
Lemon polenta cake with orange cream cheese & caramelized citrus
Red Berry & Lemon curd Tartlets
Valrhona Chocolate brownie
Mini nutty wheat rolls filled with coronation chicken
Buttermilk pancake rolls, salmon trout & dill crème fraiche
Phyllo tartlets spinach tomato & pine nuts
R140 per person, min. 2 guests please
Reservations are essential
Walking across from the rose garden, through the beautifully old world entrance you are transported to a stately homely tasting room that has been furnished with the intention of luxury finishes and ultimate decadence of a regal world. The leather textures, patterned rugs and dark wooden floors are some of the features that make you feel incredibly comfortable.
The refurbished manor house has preserved two of the bedrooms to show case its beauty. The curtains, linens, antic furniture, light fittings etc were all placed in the room to give an authentic look into the old world.
While walking around and seeing the Manor House a table will be prepared for you to enjoy your wine tasting in complete tranquility.
On a beautiful crisp Winters day, it was the perfect opportunity to enjoy a wine tasting of the Anthonji Rupert and Cape of Good Hope ranges. What better way that to make my way through to the terrace guided by the beaming sun light.
The terrace is the perfect setting for a wine tasting. It looks out onto rolling perfectly manicured grass that is the location of a few of the summer movie evenings, wine festivals and various events through out the year.
The Cape of Good Hope Range:
Parel Vallei Merlot 2011 – Basson Pinotage 2013 – Serruria Chardonnay 2014 – Van Lille and Visser Chenin Blanc 2015 –
Laing Semillon 2014 – Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2015
The Anthonji Rupert Range:
Blend 2009 – Cabernet Franc 2009 – Cabernet Savignon 2010 – Syrah 2010 – Merlot 2008 – Optima 2012 –
Petit Verdot 2007 – Optima 1.5L 2011
Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 10h00-17h00.
Closed: Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.
After enjoying a wine tasting, you can hop back onto the tram and go to the Franschhoek Motor Museum. See the link to my write up about the museum if you would like to know a little bit about it before visiting.