Waterkloof 2 x nominee in the 2015 KLINK AWARDS
Modern yet unadorned, with spectacular vistas, Waterkloof’s highly acclaimed signature restaurant takes the quality and popularity of Winelands dining to new heights.
Gorgeously appointed in a glass promontory, the restaurant flows from the chic wine tasting lounge and gravitational cellar. French chef Gregory Czarnecki whets the appetite with contemporary classics, complemented by the estate’s elegant wines. The restaurant’s open plan kitchen emphasises the Waterkloof winemaking philosophy of openness and transparency.
Although stylistically diverse, each of the Waterkloof wines carries a strong core of elegance and integrity, and that is exactly what the food is all about – classical cuisine with a modern French twist.
Chef Gregory’s tried and tested recipe for culinary and service excellence has resulted in a number of accolades, including having been crowned Best Wine Tourism Restaurant in South Africa at the Great Wine Capitals Global Network awards; being awarded an American Express® Platinum Award for three consecutive years, receiving five stars in the Rossouw’s South African Restaurant Guide; being nominated for the annual Eat Out Mercedes Benz Top Ten Restaurant Awards for three consecutive years; and having won “Best Gourmet Restaurant at the Cellar Door” in the KLINK Wine Tourism Awards for two consecutive years.
The Farming Approach
Waterkloof chooses to farm in harmony with nature in order to produce wines that excel in quality, flavour and sustainability.
Their approach to winemaking is focused on the preservation and nourishment of the soil in which the vines grow, and enhancing the fertility of the soil with entirely natural means. Their methods include the production and use of their own biodynamic preparations, fertilisers and composts, and the farming team boasts Percheron horses, cattle, sheep, hens, rabbits and earthworms as valuable, hard-working members.
This biodynamic approach allows Waterkloof’s vines to become self reliant, with stronger shoots, thicker leaves and deeper root systems. The vineyards are naturally balanced and produce smaller grapes with more concentrated flavours. Biodynamic soil is healthy and alive, and its characteristics translate into the unique aromas and flavours that make a wine truly distinctive.
Waterkloof celebrated a decade of winemaking with its 10th harvest in 2015. The estate has been farmed using biodynamic and organic practices since 2007 and was awarded its official biodynamic certification by Demeter – the world’s only certifier of biodynamic farms and products – in 2015.