Welcoming avid local wine lovers and passionate wine connoisseurs from around the world, Quoin Rock is one of the Western Cape’s most renowned wine estates. Situated in the middle of the Knorhoek Valley on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, a visit to Quoin Rock should be on everyone’s bucket-list.
2012 Signalled an exciting new era for Quoin Rock as the old wine estate was entirely transformed by combining its deep historical roots with a modern vision for the future. The Gaiduk family not only invested in the restoration of the 200-ha estate over the following years, but in a future where visitors, guests, and avid wine enthusiasts would be captivated and inspired by their experience. From wine-tasting to picnics, culinary adventures, weddings, events, and tranquil mountain escapes, Quoin Rock truly has it all.
Quoin Rock Information
Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
**Important Note: Please check the Quoin Rock website for all updates regarding lockdown regulations and Covid 19 protocols.
Quoin Rock Winery
The Quoin Rock wine philosophy: Craftsmanship within the vineyard and the winemaker’s innovation in the cellar leads to wines that embody the uniqueness of our terroir
Quoin Rock’s array of wines offer a myriad of well-balanced, complex flavours and vibrant fruit and balanced complexities for which the Stellenbosch region is famous.
Their wines are born in the green vineyards of Stellenbosch and Quoin Point, near the Southernmost tip of Africa. The winery’s growing area stretches along the Simonsberg and is planted with grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Merlot, while the production takes place in Stellenbosch.
Quoin Rock’s conservation, Boskloof conservation farm, is located at the southern tip in the Agulhas region. This distinct location marks the departure point from which some of Quoin Rock’s most exclusive wines begin their journey.
Quoin Rock Winery combines Ukrainian culture with South African wine tradition
Quoin Rock has two distinct wine ranges, Quoin Rock Wines and Namysto Wines. The heart of the winery is the Quoin Rock collection, which includes five unique wine creations, including the Quoin Rock Chardonnay, White Blend, Shiraz, and its flagship award-winning wine, Quoin Rock Red Blend. The Quoin Rock arsenal boasts a Black Series MCC in addition to a Blanc de Blanc, the crown jewel of the winery’s selection.
Complemented by the Namysto lifestyle range, the Quoin Rock custodians combine their Ukrainian culture with their adopted home of South Africa. A range of three creations, Namysto takes the shape of a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, classic Shiraz – Cabernet Sauvignon and sophisticated Rosé, each produced with a special message. The label celebrates the oldest Ukrainian pearl necklace, which is regarded as one of the oldest forms of women’s ornaments in Ukraine. In certain African cultures, such necklaces are worn to this day, not only as adornments but signifying a deep symbolic significance.
Quoin Rock created this wine range to signify the coming together of different cultures. The vibrant and diverse colours and pearls can be found on the labels of each Namysto wine and also embodies the individual aromas that mature respectively in each wine.
The interplay of the new wine world and the elegance of the old wine world
Following the simple principle that good wine can only be made from good grapes, winemaker Schalk Opperman prides himself in creating and producing pristine, well-balanced, first-class wines with complex flavours time and again. Schalk attributes the exceptional taste of the best Quoin Rock wines to the natural balance in the vineyards, the unique interplay of weather and soil, and constantly observing the development of the vines. The rewards are particularly reflected in the Bordeaux-style grape varieties, which are produced to absolute perfection and superior quality.
As the Stellenbosch vineyards are more suited to red wine varieties, Quoin Rock is well known for its incredible selection of Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their Elim vineyards are however more suited to grape varieties that have higher cold requirements, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
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**Please note that Quoin Rock’s online winery shop only delivers within South Africa
International buyers can purchase Quoin Rock wines through respective agents. It is important to note that they might not have all wines available, and vintages might vary. If you prefer placing your wine order directly with Quoin Rock, email [email protected].
Quoin Rock Wines
Quoin Rock Chardonnay is youthful, energetic & vibrant. This fully encapsulates the pristine Chardonnay that first meets your senses with notes of ripe citrus and orange peel that give way to hints of vanilla spice oak and toasted brioche.
Straw in colour with a hint of green, expect citrus peel on your palate with good weight and a light buttery texture. Savour every sip of this lovely balanced wine or pair it with most seafood dishes, crayfish with homemade mayonnaise.
*Accolades | Decanter 90 | Platter 4 1/2 Stars
If the Quoin Rock Shiraz was a personality, it would be front and center stage, an opera lead in its big, bold character. But like an aria, you will discover harmony and balance with jasmine, pepper-spice, melba-toast and sweet vanilla flavours, with beautiful oak to add elegance and smoothness.
This Shiraz will shine as a “solo performer” or in a chorus of beef, lamb and rich venison dishes.
*Accolades | recently released vintage
Shiraz | Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016
Namysto Red (mostly Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon matured for 20 months in French Oak barrels) teases your sense with smells of red berry aromas – think cherry, mulberry, and cassis – with a dash of peppercorn.
On the palate you can expect spiciness in subtle hints of tobacco and leather and a finish described as ‘velvety’.
*Accolades | Decanter 90
Wine Tasting at Quoin Rock
Enjoy a “taste of the terroir” with Quoin Rock Wine Estate’s range of Quoin Rock and Namysto wines.
Quoin Rock Picnics
Dine al fresco at a Quoin Rock wine farm picnic!
There is no picnic experience like a Quoin Rock picnic experience! Nothing beats an al fresco picnic in a beautiful natural environment, complimented by a stunning backdrop, shared with friends and family.
Regarded as one of the most stylish picnic spots in Stellenbosch, a Quoin Rock picnic is truly unparalleled. Besides enjoying a bucket-list worthy experience in one of the most beautiful settings in the Cape Winelands, the Quoin Rock wine farm picnic encompasses the very best of fresh air outdoor al fresco dining, elevated by a private custom-made picnic pergola, chic and comfortable seating, personally dedicated service, a delicious picnic feast, and a delectable selection of Quoin Rock wines – Giving you the amazing opportunity to enjoy a wonderful day in the beautiful outdoors.
Quoin Rock also offers a fully vegetarian picnic experience upon request, as well as an amazing children’s picnic menu.
**Each of Quoin Rock’s 8 custom-made picnic pergolas are spaced more than 10 meters apart for both safety and privacy. This makes the experience of a casual, fresh-air picnic in the scenic Stellenbosch an excellent choice during the cautionary period of COVID-19.
What makes Quoin Rock’s picnic spots in Stellenbosch so unique?
Unlike many other picnic offerings, Quoin Rock’s picnic pergolas come with a dedicated waiter. Simply call your waiter from your table’s walkie-talkie for top-ups, ice, and wine!
Local Stellenbosch picnic fare
Seasonal and local ingredients mean fresher, healthier and more sustainable food for you to enjoy. Quoin Rock source their food from local vendors, and all picnic dishes include at least one ingredient from the estate.
Child-friendly picnic spots in Stellenbosch
Quoin Rock offers a fun children’s picnic menu that includes chicken strips, chips & mayo, chocolate milkshakes, seasonal berries, sun-dried fruit, Lindt chocolate and cookies. Lawn games and a jumping castle are available, along with a Fatsac to plop in and soak up the scenery.
Sit back in style
Quoin Rock’s decadent and enjoyable wine farm picnic experience provides you with comfortable seating and shade in your private pergola. These well-spaced picnic pods are surrounded by beautiful, landscaped gardens and stunning views – Creating the perfect setting to sit back and relax in style.
Quoin Rock Picnic Booking Information
Please note that Quoin Rock requires a deposit to secure the picnic spot. Should payment not be received, your reservation may be automatically cancelled.
All credit card transactions are processed through a third party secure payment gateway. Your credit card details are not seen or stored by Quoin Rock.
Should you cancel your wine farm picnic booking no later than 48 hours beforehand, Quoin Rock will gladly refund the full amount.
Children are welcome at Quoin Rock picnics. They have a special children’s menu available.
No Bring Your Own
Unfortunately, Quoin Rock does not allow customers to bring their own wine to their picnic spots.
Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock
An Award-Winning Stellenbosch Restaurant
Global Restaurant of the Year Overall Winner
Haute Cuisine Global Winner
Molecular Cuisine Global Winner honour
World Luxury Restaurant Awards’ Best Head Chef – Global Winner
Outstanding Architecture Continent Winner: Africa
Boasting several local and global awards, Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock has established itself as one of the most sought-after restaurants in the Western Cape, if not the world. Taking diners on a thrilling culinary adventure that is refreshingly rooted in Southern Africa, Gåte at Quoin Rock seeks to capture your imagination and engage your senses. Seating only 40 people, it offers an intimate and inspiring fine dining experience in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands.
What makes Gåte at Quoin Rock so unique?
One of the many aspects that makes Gåte Restaurant in Stellenbosch so unique is that their menu is sustainably and locally-sourced. All dishes at Gåte include at least one ingredient grown on the Quoin Rock Wine Estate.
All ingredients are sourced locally to ensure maximum freshness and to support the local community.
A work of art from starter to setting
As a guest at Gåte Restaurant, you’ll experience a clever dialogue between the built environment and the beauty of the natural surroundings. Each dish is presented as a work of art on a plate that often echoes nature’s intricate shapes and forms.
They are installations of colour, miniature architectural masterpieces and curated tastes – playful, exciting, and unexpected!
Fine dining at its finest
A variation of menus at Gåte start from two-course daytime dining to the full Chef’s experience of a seven-course dinner. It doesn’t matter which menu you choose, each of their exceptional dishes combine exciting and sensational flavours that will completely transport you to a whole new world.
Along with superb customer service and attention to detail, dining at Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock is fine dining at its finest.
Pairing with Quoin Rock wines
Gåte Restaurant pairs each dish with Quoin Rock Estate wines, including Quoin Rock Shiraz, Quoin Rock Red blend, their Black Series MCC as well as their Rose Bellini Namysto Festive series MCC.
Gåte also offers tea-pairing during COVID-19 regulations and for those who prefer not to drink wine. Teas are chosen with equal care to enhance the flavour of the food.
What can you expect from Gåte at Quoin Rock?
Gåte Restaurant by Day
The day-time experience may include Gåte’s lunch menu, or an open-air Stellenbosch picnic. If you would love a small taste of something special while exploring the Stellenbosch area, opt for a charcuterie platter while enjoying a Quoin Rock wine tasting.
FIVE COURSE TASTING MENU
FIVE COURSE VEGAN TASTING MENU
SEVEN COURSE TASTING MENU
Gåte Restaurant by Night
Gåte Head Chef Jack Coetzee is inspired by Southern African ingredients, local cooking techniques and farm-to-table cooking – drawing from the bountiful array of ingredients available on his doorstep.
Gåte Restaurant’s seven-course tasting menu is varied and ever-changing according to the season. Each dish is a work of creative mastery and culinary genius.
SEVEN COURSE TASTING MENU
SEVEN COURSE VEGAN TASTING MENU
Quoin Rock Manor House
A tranquil escape to luxury accommodation in the Stellenbosch Winelands
Situated at an elevation of 400m above sea level on Quoin Rock Wine Estate, the 5-star Manor House is the epitome of luxury winelands accommodation. Surrounded by beautifully manicured private gardens, with a commanding view of the renowned Table Mountain and the Simonsberg Mountains as a backdrop, the Quoin Rock Manor House offers guests the ultimate escape with complete privacy, exclusivity and true away-from-it-all indulgence guaranteed.
With every detail and comfort considered, the interiors of the Manor House have been entirely overhauled to turn a modern country escape into one of the most decadent accommodation experiences in the Stellenbosch Winelands. The lavish property is both striking and spacious, with 1300m2 indoor space, and 6000m2 including the landscaped gardens, and can comfortably accommodate up to 14 people.
Showcasing only the very best state-of-the-art modern amenities and lavish features, the main house boasts five en-suite king bedrooms, all with satellite widescreen TVs. The private dining and living space in the Manor House features a stunning lounge with a large gas fireplace (ideal for pre- or post-dinner drinks), a big breakfast room, fully equipped kitchen, and a chic and comfortable TV room with a widescreen smart TV and a wood-burning fireplace.
An additional private guest cottage includes two en-suite king bedrooms, along with a living area, widescreen smart TV, gas fireplace and fully equipped kitchen.
Host an exclusive event in style at the Manor House
If you’re looking for the perfect location to host an unforgettable event, look no further! The Quoin Rock Manor House provides a “head-in-the-clouds” setting for glamorous and extravagant weddings, events, special occasions, and parties that are bound to be the talk of the town for all the right reasons.
The manicured lawns of the Manor House serve as the ideal setting for glass marquees and open-air events, while the opulent dining room with seating for 14 people is perfect for intimate functions, celebrations, board meetings, exclusive birthdays, and other private events.
There is a day rate available for the Manor House venue hire, with event management included.
Quoin Rock Architecture
The pioneering vision of Dr Julia Gaiduk has transformed Quoin Rock Wine Estate into one of the most masterful architectural undertakings in the Cape Winelands.
The architectural genius of Quoin Rock lies in the seamless blend of exterior landscape with magnificent interior space. For Dr Julia Gaiduk symbolism was a strong driving force behind the 2012 Quoin Rock restoration and reconstruction project, with structural and architectural elements drawing on the natural surrounds. Introducing a level of modernity and contrast by combining existing brick wall structural elements with completely new glass and metal structures was another one of Julia’s main objectives.
From the dynamic use of water in the entrance space to the reflection of natural light in the reception area, every architectural detail and aspect of the work is meticulously thought out and a feat of creative brilliance.
The 5,5 metre bronze sculpture of the vine, the “Heart of Quoin Rock”, sets the tone for the symbolic “circle of life” carried through to the internal spaces of the Wine Lounge and prestigious Gåte Restaurant.
Quoin Rock’s remarkable redesign is nothing short of pure art in motion. Here, brilliant architecture epitomises the very essence of what makes this estate superior in every way.
Quoin Rock Information
Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape