Mark Voloshin, the owner of Hazendal, is Russian, which explains the colourful percolation of Russian culture and cuisine into the estate's offering, from its authentic traditional tea ceremonies to its soon-to-open vodka distillery.
Clarise has built up an impressive CV, with international harvest stints in New Zealand, the USA, Australia and locally at Windmeul, Vilafonté, Avondale and eventually Eaglevlei, where she landed her first job as winemaker.
Hazendal is putting the littleknown Stellenbosch wine area along the Bottelary Road firmly on the food map. The historic farm, owned by the Russian Voloshin family since 1994, has undergone a total revamp, meticulous attention lavished on every aspect.
When Christoffel Hazenwinkel established Hazendal in the final year of the 17th century, little could he have dreamt what it would look like 320 years later. Current owner Dr Mark Voloshin’s vision for the wine estate has just been revealed – and it’s no dream.
For close to two years, the historic Bottelary Road landmark, Hazendal Wine Estate, was under construction, and shrouded in mystery. In December 2018, the gates opened to reveal a beautiful destination in the Cape Winelands.
Combining new and experimental ideas with age-old traditions, Hazendal Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is the perfect mix of history, family and innovation. Malu Lambert explores the different aspects this dynamic farm has to offer.
Over 300 years ago, a German settler by the name of Christoffel Hazenwinkel established a livestock and grain farm on the slopes of the beautifull Bottelary Hills in Stellenbosch. Inspired by his name and the hares that were roaming his land, he named the farm Hazendal.