Across the globe, the year 2020 undoubtly came with its own set of challenges. We, as the De Toren team made a conscious decision to embrace this time in history in order to reflect, rethink and evolve. Our quest for the exceptional has been incessant to ensure we offer all stakeholders, our team, our partners and esteemed clients the best experience all-round.
It is thus with great excitement that we proudly unveil and officially open the doors to our luxuriously revamped estate and Manor House. We whole-heartly invite you to be our guest and join us for a glass, whether you prefer that to be in our stunning new tasting lounge, on the glorious patio with its breathtakingly beautiful view or in the comfort of our wine bar. The choice is yours!
Our new Manor House is designed to showcase five uniquely South African aspects of the estate, thanks to the expertise of our architectural and décor partners alongside our internal team. The final product is a spectacular marriage of African and Dutch influences and an unmitigated ode to the power of terroir are what characterise the newly renovated Manor House at De Toren Private Cellar.
The existing property on the estate underwent a complete transformation, whilst staying true to its Cape Dutch heritage, to create a beautifully designed contemporary space that warmly welcomes wine lovers.
“The architecture, interior design and exterior landscaping were driven by a story of evolution, rather than revolution – the intention was to remain true to our heritage and roots while embracing the opportunity to refresh and reinvigorate. The same way we approached the rebranding of De Toren Private Cellar, never forgetting where we come from.”– Daniel R. Mueller | CEO –
The Manor House was renovated with a nod to traditional Cape Dutch architecture – it is after all, situated in Stellenbosch – yet this historical style has been elevated with contemporary additions. Additionally, we wanted the interiors to have an African aesthetic, to reflect the beauty of the Cape’s unique Fynbos Biome, and echo the magic of the estate’s natural surroundings. Now, the Manor House sits elegantly surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens and shaded by trees. Upon first glance, the Cape Dutch influences are clear, however, closer inspection reveals a more modern take on the traditional style.
The interior unveils this meeting of two worlds in more intricate detail, the same way our wines are the perfect fusion of old world and new world. The heritage and roots are remembered in traditional textures, materials and colours that have been used in contemporary styles and designs.
A sense of grandeur exists in the De Toren Tasting Lounge thanks to the large fireplace, wood-burning stove and dramatic chandelier. The adjacent De Toren Wine bar continues the design story of heritage meets modernity. The idea behind this area was to create a sense of welcoming comfort for our guests.
Two wide verandas, at front and back respectively, are home to comfortable seating and offer our guests the chance to enjoy either an ocean-facing panorama or a more intimate view of the splash pool, water feature and walled garden.
The ground-floor also features a world-class boardroom equipped with the latest technology and fitted with luxury finishes. This grand space will soon be available for booking of private functions, board meetings and/ or team breakaways. And why not end off a hard working day with a glass of fine wine? It’s what we here at De Toren call work-life balance.
“The result has indeed brought our ‘Experience Exceptional’ vision to life.”Albie Koch, COO of De Toren Private Cellar.
Overall, the interior design perfectly showcases the uniquely South African aspects of De Toren. These all come together to create a perfectly pitched moment of luxury – an enticing and apt entry point for our guests to experience our world-renowned wines.
“It is thus with great excitement that we proudly unveil and officially open the doors to our luxuriously revamped estate and Manor House. We whole-heartly invite you to be our guest and join us for a glass, whether you prefer that to be in our stunning new tasting lounge, on the glorious patio with its breathtakingly beautiful view or in the comfort of our wine bar. The choice is yours!”Daniel R. Mueller
No matter where you choose to savour our bespoke wines you will be spoilt for choice in terms of memorable vistas that showcase some of Mother Nature’s best work. Our new tasting lounge and outdoor areas are designed to cater for walk-in guests, so no need for prior booking is necessary.
As for our true wine aficionados, booking a private cellar tour hosted by one of our esteemed senior winemaking team members is a must. This experience incorporates an in-depth tasting of our carefully crafted world-class wines in the ambience of our underground tasting room. Guests should allow about 90 minutes to relish every sip and absorb every anecdote. Our De Toren team members do love a good story!
An array of new experiences for you to choose from…
We share our De Toren story whilst tasting 3 of our premium red blends, including our De Toren Délicate, De Toren Z & De Toren Fusion V.
LUXURY TOUR & TASTING
We offer you unique insight into the craftsmanship of our world-renowned wines. This exclusive and guided tour is approximately 1.5 hours, including a walk through the vineyard, cellar & barrel rooms. The tasting of 4 of our luxurious wines follows, including our De Toren Délicate, De Toren Z, De Toren Fusion V and either Book XVII or The Black Lion. By appointment only.
ICON TOUR & TASTING
We share our unique winemaking philosophy and process with you during this private 1.5-hour tour, presented by one of our senior team members. A tasting of all 5 of our iconic De Toren wines follows, including our De Toren Délicate, De Toren Z, De Toren Fusion V, Book XVII and The Black Lion. By appointment only.
Be sure to be on the lookout for our new boardroom experience coming soon! Located on our beautiful terrace with a majestic view over our stunning swimming pool, our brand-new 12-14 seater boardroom is ideal for both formal or informal meetings and catch-ups with your clients and/ or colleagues. Sometimes a break from the office is all you need to inspire renewed and refreshed ideas.
For more info on our wine tasting & tour fees, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our brand-new website due to launch within a matter of days!
Whichever experience you select, our promise to you is to make it absolutely exceptional!