Oostenberg (“East of the Mountain”) is surrounded by vine-covered hills and is bordered by the winelands to the east and Cape Town to the west. The historic wine estates in this area date back to the eighteenth century and have faithfully preserved the architectural heritage of that time.
On the gentle slopes of the Bottelary Hills between Stellenbosch, Kuils River, Brackenfell and Kraaifontein lie some of the best wine estates the Western Cape has to offer. The first vines in the Bottelary region were planted in the early 1700s and today, some of South Africa’s finest red and white wines are produced here. Fort Simon Estate is the unique setting of a medieval-style castle, complete with a moat, where the winemaker creates liquid wonders characteristic of the area.
The historic Mooiplaas homestead dates back to 1833 and nestles deep in the Bottelary Hills. A unique feature of Mooiplaas (“Beautiful Farm”) is the fact that this estate uses the steep slopes to create its exceptional wines. The Roos family grows and bottles its own wine on the estate.
In addition to being beautiful, wine estates such as Hazendal and Mooiplaas offer some of the most outstanding vintages of the South African wine industry. The Hazendal Wine Estate dates back to 1699 and has been lavishly restored. The old cellar, the homestead and the gate posts have been proclaimed as a national monument in 1991. The wine-tasting centre also offers light al fresco lunches and picnic baskets are available in season. The conference centre and the Russian Art Gallery / Marvol Museum on the estate exhibit some superb Fabergй jewellery.
The Oostenberg region is also conveniently close to the centre of Cape Town City and attractions such as the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.