As soon as the new owners of Quoin Rock Wine Estate took over the property in 2012, they embedded the ancient philosophy of the 5 Elements of Nature into the redesign and restructure. In a bold move to rebrand and modernise the old winery, they chose to dig deeper into the heritage of the land and the location, instead of importing foreign ideas that wouldn’t necessarily fit into place.

Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth are all visible in one way or another when you visit the estate for the day or for a stay over.

Separating the old part of the estate from the new results in creating two very distinct spaces.

The old Manor House complex is fully revived to its old glory, modernised and gently restored. It is a 7 room complex with its own dining room, meeting room and pool, all surrounded by a lavish manicured garden. This luxurious heaven is to be booked as a whole. No separate room booking is available.

On the other side of the hill, at the complex that is now the forefront of the winery, you enter a slick, specifically detailed, contemporary complex that includes the winery and wine cellar, Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock and the Venue Hall. This part of the estate is surrounded by modern, to match design of landscape architecture, creating a coherent feeling when moving through the complex structure, in and out of it.

The clean-line design corresponds with Far East elements of Feng Shui and Zen with a natural flow between the different parts of the building.

Water, recognised by the owners as the source of the entire estate’s being, gets a variation of mentions around, providing a cool, earthy feeling on the hot day that we visited.

From the old vine that is circulated by a gentle water fall in the foyer, through the use of other water features, all the way to the wine label design – water echoes and interacts with visitors’ senses.

The event venue is a clean pallet space that overlooks the Simonsberg Mountains. A generous double storey venue with a cigar room attached to it on the second-floor level, with a masculine interior design and a dominating position over the panoramic view.

The venue enjoys its own entrance and an additional outdoor space and platform for any kind of mixed uses required.

The Wine Lounge and Gåte Restaurant shares the same, ultra-neat and comfortable space.

The tasting experience is a selection of 5 Quoin Rock wines presented by a wine ambassador together with a peek into the Cellar. Charcuterie or Cheese platter to accompany the wine, Oysters & MCC (Méthode Cap Classique- South African sparkling wine) or dessert & MCC are all prepared by the restaurant’s kitchen, matching the high level of fine dining with surprising elements from their gourmet, molecular food approach.

Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock takes you on a journey of flavours around the earth, in a theatrical and artistic voyage with each plate served. It is open for a Daytime Experience Wed – Sun, 12:00 – 14:00 and for Dinner: Thurs – Sat, 18:00 till late. All experiences are fixed menus that are perfectly matched with their wine range. Self-driving day visitors can be rest assured with a special pairing offer of specifically sourced teas to complement each course.

For lunch they serve a 6 course affair, designed for a leisurely 2 hours excursion around the world. Dinner offers two options: a 7 course or a 14 course menu, carefully sourced and designed to wow you. Although the restaurant is a welcoming, informal space, each meal experience follows a schedule that will give visitors enough time to indulge every stop along the way.

Quoin Rock is named after ‘Quoin Point’, the second southernmost point of the African continent and the location of their other vineyard in the Elim wine region. This cool climate vineyard the source for the Chardonnay and the Sauvignon Blanc grapes. All other grapes are grown on the fertile soil of the Stellenbosch estate, reaching a superb constant quality to the level that they supply grapes to some of the renowned and award winning wine producers in both Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, to be blended into their wines.

The 3 level, newly built winery produces 2 wine ranges namely Quoin Rock wines and Namysto wines. They include a full range with everything from Méthode Cap Classique (sparkling) to Late Harvest wine and even a newly introduced spirit that is currently available only in the Tasting Lounge.

Wines are matured solely in French Oak barrels, reassuring a full body, quality wine products and keeping the quality narrative continuing through the entire production line.

Both red wines we enjoyed during our visit, the Red Blend and the Shiraz, are suitable for aging and with two awards each you are already promised an interesting wine investment.

A more laidback experience is offered on the lower lawns- a newly introduced posh picnic around garden tables, under specially built gazebos, beneath shading trees. The setting is complimented with poofs, picnic blankets and cushions and even a jumping castle set-up for visitors with children.

The menu itself is a series of specially curated interpretations of Gåte’s food ethos but while the dishes at the restaurant are very specific, the picnic offers Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and No-Pork options. All preferences should be mentioned while booking.

To finish the story in the estate team’s own words, “a visit to Quoin Rock is a composition. An opera. A volume of inter-connected short stories”.

Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch.