Stettyn Family Vineyards | Unpretentious but Passionate

There’s always a vineyard to be explored. While Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are the most well-known of the Cape Winelands, the wineries in the Worcester area are also definitely worth a visit.

Worcester is surrounded by impressive mountains. Mysterious yet eerie in some ways, but these towering rocky peaks captivates you creating a beautiful backdrop and giving the entire area an unmistakable beauty that draws you in and make the trip worth the drive.

Stettyn Family Vineyards is set on the slopes of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains between Worcester and Villiersdorp. A spectacular way to get there has to be over Franschhoek Pass. You will definitely be rewarded with beautiful vistas, a fantastic view over Franschhoek valley, plenty of pretty endemic fynbos and dramatic mountain gorges.

Stettyn Family Vineyards also has a newly renovated tasting room. Extensive vineyards are surrounded by majestic mountains, which one can admire from the front porch of their tasting room. The renovated area is elegant and displays modern touches with a strong emphasis on comfort. It’s spacious and you have the option to sit inside or outside under the trees and umbrellas.

The farm on which Stettyn Family Vineyards is situated, is steeped in history and tradition dating back to 1714. In that year, Governor Chavonnes of the Dutch East India Company ceded the original farm to Free Burghers Cloete and Radyn, whose ancestors originated from the Stettin area in the former Prussia. The Cape Dutch homestead which dates back to 1777, was the original house occupied by the first permanent settlers. It was restored and is now a National Monument.

The Botha family acquired Stettyn in 1818, and the farm has been in the family for eight generations now. The extended family has been making wine here since 1963, with the vineyards of Stettyn, Jonkersrivier, and De Hoek being the primary sources of production and where the tradition of winemaking dates back many years.

Wine has been produced on their individual farms since the late 1800s up until the 1950s, whereafter resources were pooled to build a modern cellar with the first wine being produced in 1964. The centralisation of local winemaking together with improved facilities resulted in a significant improvement in wine quality.

Stettyn has the following wine ranges: Stone Range, Stettyn Family Range, Signature Range and the Ayana Range and you have the option to choose White Wine Tasting, Red Wine Tasting and Ayana Tasting.

STONE RANGE

The Stone Range takes its name from the old stone watermill that was built in 1895, which stands sentinel over the winery where Stone Wines are produced.

Stone White 2021

A blend of Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. A bouquet of tropical fruit nuances and stone fruits meet your nose which follow through onto a fresh, lovely mouthfeel. It’s crisp and zesty with great acidity but well-balanced. When chilled, it will be really enjoyable to drink on a hot summer’s day.

Stone Rosé 2021

Fresh strawberries and Rose petals with a clean dry, crisp red fruit driven finish.

STETTYN FAMILY VINEYARDS RANGE

Wine of Origin Stettyn belongs uniquely to Stettyn Family Vineyards, set apart and far from other cellars. It is the landmark intersection in the Cape Winelands between ‘fynbos’ and Karoo; urban and rural; heritage and progress. Eight generations have worked together on the land to create wines of significance, simply and unaffectedly but with passion and commitment.

Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Prominent flavours of crisp tropical fruit with elegant green apple lingering. Fresh, crisp, playful, well balanced and delicious.

Chenin Blanc 2021

This ripe tropical Chenin blanc displays fresh crunchy apple notes before bursting onto the palate with a mouth-tingling crispness, leading to a long fruit-laden finish.

Merlot 2019

A finely balanced wine with soft, juicy tannins, concentrated fresh cherry and raspberry flavours.

Pinotage 2019

Fruity red plums and blackberries aromas, follow through on the palate, finishing on delicious mocha flavours.

Shiraz 2020

A finely balanced wine with soft tannis and concentrated blackberry flavours.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

A finely balanced wine with soft tannins and luscious red and black berry flavours.


Feeling peckish? Enjoy freshly oysters with a glass of their Babelki, a sparkling wine made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that is vibrant with hints of apples, floral notes and almonds on the nose.

Their Cheese and Meat Platters are absolutely amazing and compliments their wines brilliantly. I always say that the simplist things in life don’t need to be complicated. Food should be delicious, wine should match, company should be merry and joyful and a stunning view to complete the picture.

This is from their website: “Wine, sun, oysters, cheese platters and amazing views!”

It is open Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:30 and Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 to 15:00. To book a tasting, call 023 340 4220.

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