About 15 kilometers from Stellenbosch, on the slow,meandering road that leads to Somerset West, lies a piece of land that is as peaceful and as tranquil as it is in unison with its surrounds.
Avontuur Wine and Thoroughbred Estate is situated on the southwestern slopes of the Helderberg on the R44 road which connects Somerset West and Stellenbosch, in South Africa’s prime wine growing district.
Lourensford Estate, established in the year 1700 and once part of Willem Adriaan van der Stel's Vergelegen, is arguably one of the most beautiful wine estates in the world. Steeped in history and heritage, the estate also boasts an ultra-modern winery utilising technology unique in the Southern Hemisphere. The magnificent soils and diverse micro-climates create the ideal terroir for world-beating wines. Lourensford is fast-becoming one of the sought after wine estates in South Africa, with over 130 hectares of vines already planted.
Onderkloof is situated in the historical wine region of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. The sea and nearest town, Somerset West, are only 6 kilometers away.
The name Onderkloof means “below the valley” and comes from the Pass which leads over the Hottentots Holland Mountains. In earlier years, all goods which have been shipped to and from Cape Town, were transported with ox wagons over these mountains into the countryside. The ruts are still visible today and the pass has become a national monument.