Celebrating the historical terroir of Stellenbosch, and perhaps best known for it’s award winning Chenin Blanc and Pinotage wines, L’Avenir produces distinctly South African wines with a touch of French flair. On a recent visit touring this beautiful town, and the farm with my #GourmetSister, Ilse Fourie, I found out that there was, and is so much more to what is certainly a gem of an estate that is on my list to re-visit over, and over again.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the the most efficient and friendly staff, who instantly made us feel at home. I, without having even had a chance to glance outside yet, (bar the beautiful winding drive to reception through one part of the vineyard) knew that I wasn’t going to want to leave. The beautiful guest lounge was in view, so elegantly and comfortably furnished, that all it made me want to do was grab a seat, grab a glass of bubbly and settle in. But there was more to be seen, so much more, and so we proceeded and were shown to our rooms. As we stepped out of the reception area we were greeted by rolling green lawns with the farm dam just at it’s edge, and of course the rim flow pool which was backed by the sunset which was just about to settle in. It was positively postcard picture perfect.
Our poolside suites, with their expansive wooden decks were the perfect spot from which to enjoy our sundowners. Everything was, and is so peaceful at L’Avenir. This includes the interior aesthetic of the rooms – dark laminated wooden floors, backed by the contrast of white carpentry and the crisp white bed linen. Hues of grey’s, green and natural colours make up the other complimentary aspects of the rooms. I’m pretty sure that I mentioned that I knew I was never going to want to leave, at this point, it was a certainty!
The following morning we were able to enjoy a beautifully home cooked breakfast in the dining room, followed by a mini-tour of the cellar and the rest of the estate, including it’s new function venue, which was jaw droppingly (is that even a word?) beautiful. I may just have mentioned at that time, that if I were ever to get married, that L’Avenir would very likely be the venue. The attention to detail, including the fold up bronze wine tasting table shaped in the map of Africa simply blew my mind.
There is just something about the energy of the building and it’s immediate surrounds that makes me want the whole world to visit, and yet, keep it a secret, just for me.
Then there was wine, of course there was wine, and the incredible tasting we got to do…
We started with the MCC’s – because bubbles, enough said, always bubbles. L’Avenir ‘Toasts the Future’ through a sophisticated range of sparkling wines crafted in the French tradition of Champagne. Meaning ‘the future’ in French, L’Avenir has put a proudly South African spin on Méthode Cap Classique, showcasing their visionary philosophy of global collaboration and local innovation. Next up, their ‘Far & Near’ range – The concept of this range is all about two strong influencing forces coming together: Stellenbosch Sunshine and French Inspiration. These wines capture the everyday, sunny essence of the estate. We then managed to squeeze in trying some of the Provenance range, which centres around their terroir. With rolling slopes, cooling maritime breezes, mountainous topography, fertile soils, gentle rains and hours of sunshine; L’Avenir Estate is the optimal place to grow wines of excellence, namely Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Could I tell you more about our L’Avenir experience? Of course I could. It was good, no, way better than good! It was excellent. Every. Single. Aspect of our stay. L’Avenir is a must visit to add to your list of Stellenbosch experiences. Just do it #DoStellies, you will certainly not regret it.
Cellardoor Opening Times
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm
T +27 (0)21 889 5001
F +27 (0)21 889 5258
Klapmuts Road R44 | Stellenbosch
7599 | South Africa
GPS Coordinates: -33° 53′ 11.6622″, 18° 50′ 58.7148″
Stellenbosch | 5 minutes by car
Franschhoek | 30 minutes by car
Cape Town International Airport | 40 minutes by car