Welcome to our world, a world where the passing of time and the change in seasons only add rich layers of character and charm to the scene.
Waterford Estate is situated in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley, in the world-renowned Stellenbosch region. We believe in the old adage of 'less is more'. There is nothing pretentious or ostentatious about the estate, rather the visual impact is one of a seamless whole, which complements rather than detracts from the surrounding natural beauty.
For this reason we have also chosen to use only half of the total 120 hectares of our land for the planting of vines in order to preserve and protect the natural fauna and flora on the Estate.
Waterford Estate is owned by the Ord Family and developed under the watchful eye of Kevin Arnold, Cellar Master and Managing Partner, since 1998. The Waterford Estate winery offers a relaxing setting where guests can sit and enjoy various tasting options. With the wine cellar built surrounding the courtyard, guests can observe the workings of the winery, and get a true feel for the wine making process without disrupting the tranquillity of their tasting experience.
In addition to our cellar door experiences, we also offer two vineyard experiences, the Wine Drive Safari and Porcupine Trail Walk. At Waterford Estate, we wish to explore all the senses – sight, smell, sound, touch and taste, in order for our guests to experience both what is inside and outside the bottle.
We call this the Waterford Way.
Our winery was styled along the engaging terracotta design and was the result of winemaker Kevin Arnold and architect Alex Walker teaming up to create the home of Waterford Estate wines. The centerpiece of the courtyard is the magnificent and iconic fountain. This feature has been immortalised in the Waterford Estate label and represents a fundamental component of our philosophy.
At Waterford Estate we have implemented several practices to enforce sustainability. Our team works diligently to ensure that we preserve our environment during our daily operations on the estate. We have applied various systems and procedures to save water, conserve the terrain and protect wildlife to allow our environment to evolve naturally. Waterford Estate is committed to a globally recognised sustainability initiative, known as The Porto Protocol. This is an open platform from which members can gain access to research, knowledge and insights about sustainable practices.
Our winemaker and viticulturist carried out a study to improve our irrigation process. Waterford Estate also holds an Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) certiﬁcate for its environmentally friendly production methods. We hope to persist with our efforts in conserving the terrain and will strive to optimise these methods.
We hope to persist with our efforts in conserving the terrain and will strive to optimise these methods.
Read more about our sustainability initiatives.
We invite you to experience our sense of place where we have planted and grown our brand into what it is today.
Learn more about our unique terroir, beautifully expressed through the fruits of our labour – our wines. Explore our selection of premium vintages and blends.VIEW OUR SELECTION
Whether you’re a wine novice or master, a fun-loving traveller or a foodie, there’s a Waterford Estate tasting experience with your name on it.
Waterford Estate offers unique tasting experiences, making it easy to explore the team’s award-winning wines, right where they’re produced, in a way that suits your preference.
The Library Collection takes a look back at the story of where our wine style comes from. The wines are experimentation level wines, and essentially the development of various Library Collection wines is how the Jem came into being.
This tasting is a way of expressing internal wine interests, from different grape varietals to unique viticultural sites.
The Wine Drive Safari is a unique three-hour trip on our safari-type vehicle, through the 120-hectare Estate on the beautiful slopes of the Helderberg mountain. This experience allows the chance to taste our award-winning Estate wines amongst the vineyards of their origin, and you will be expertly guided through all the aspects of what makes this area so biologically diverse and viticulturally unique.
The wine tasting will be accompanied by various light snacks, which are well suited to pair with the individual wines. The experience will culminate with the Wine and Chocolate Tasting, back at the winery. Bookings required a week in advance.
We are immensely proud of our uniquely South African location and the rich diversity of our indigenous fauna and flora. From this, the idea of the Porcupine Trail was born…We have designed three different routes at different levels of intensity, which explore both Vineyards and natural Fynbos, ensuring the best possible experience depending on your own capabilities.
Selection of three wines will be accompanied by a light lunch. On your return to the winery, your experience will end off with the Wine and Chocolate Tasting. Bookings required a week in advance.