Words and photography by Greg Landman
The Dornier estate in Stellenbosch belongs to the famous Dornier family—Swiss pioneers in the aircraft industry — so don’t be surprised when you see some great historic pictures there that depict some of the family aircraft through the ages.
The range of wines they make is heavily influenced—of course –by the place where the farm is situated, overlooked by the magnificent Stellenbosch Mountains. As you sit on the veranda of their tasting area you look across an expanse of water framed by the mountains at their iconic cellar which evokes the impression of flight with its expressive architecture. The ambience is one of calm, of being at peace with the world.
The range of wines includes some superb reds like the Donatus, a superb 4 way Bordeaux style blend, and its sister the Donatus White, a delicious blend featuring Chenin and Semillon. One of the best in their Dornier range is the Chenin Blanc Bush Vine and the Pinotage, both excellent examples of the best in this area. The Cocoa Hill range is user friendly and features a red blend, a Chenin, Sauvignon Blanc and a feisty Merlot rose.
So when you have time take a trip there and taste some for yourself. Other facilities include a restaurant and a Manor House with accommodation for thirsty travellers.
Dornier Wines in Stellenbosch can be found on Blaauwklippen Road, or contacted at 021 880 0557.
As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.