A visit to Dornier Wines can include anything from a wine tasting in the eclectic tasting room, a lavish country-style lunch at Bodega Restaurant or a stay at The Dornier Homestead, a private villa with sweeping views of the Helderberg and Stellenbosch Mountains and Dornier vineyards.
The grounds are pristinely located in the Stellenbosch Valley, and whether sunny weather or overcast gloom, it’s charming, rejuvenating and beautiful.
We enjoyed a tasting of six wines on the back terrace, overlooking the manicured garden, vineyards and Sir Herbert Baker architecture of the manor house. The views are endless, and the modern cellar, dam and mountain backdrop makes Dornier a picturesque spot in Stellenbosch to enjoy an afternoon wining and dining.
After the tasting, we snacked on a house favourite at Bodega – the perfectly crisp flammkuchen generously laden with butternut, feta and rocket. Paired with the fresh and fruity range of whites (the Chenin is a stand-out), it’s ideal for a light lunch on the terrace.
A wine worth noting on your next Dornier visit is the Dornier Tempranillo, a delicious black grape variety that hails from Spain; a full-bodied red wine ideal when paired with a hearty meal.
The focus behind the Tempranillo range is to create wine in very limited quantities that showcase the quality of single varietals on the Dornier estate. These wines have been nurtured to bring across the true expression of the Dornier terroir – as well as the unique characteristic of the single varietal. Whether it be with a light, shared flammkuchen or more decadent leg of lamb or Bodega seafood platter, we suggest ordering a bottle (go for the 2012 vintage, it’s a stellar).
The service at Dornier is friendly and welcoming, and the wine pourers knowledgeable about the estate’s wines – and open to questions. The fun and colourful decor make for a perfectly relaxing retreat in the valley, and an experience that we keep going back for.