• The Return of the Restaurant @ Clos Malverne and some exciting news!

    Winter views

    Winter views

    The Restaurant returns.

    The Restaurant welcomes winter with a feast of comforting classics, conjured up in an exclusive Winter Menu which alternates weekly to rekindle the mid-year slumber with a myriad of wholesome tastes, unique to the season.

    This hearty Winter Menu, which will turn up the heat for the next while, offers enthusiasts a four course lunchtime food & wine indulgence of generous portions at a mere R348.00 per person. Each dish on this sizzling bill of fare is served with a matching Clos Malverne wine.

    Certificate of Excellence 2016

    Certificate of Excellence 2016

    Think Red wine soaked springbok fillet parcel, enriched with roasted baby tomatoes; roasted onion puree; red wine jus; crispy bacon and a glass of Clos Malverne’s Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend to spruce up the palate. Followed by a slow roasted confit of duck leg matched with the well-rounded Clos Malverne Pinotage Reserve to satisfy any hunger. Or kiss winter blues goodbye with a melt-in-the-mouth apple and cinnamon dumplings served with a dollop of chai-tea ice cream and the estate’s popular coffee-style pinotage, Le Café.

    Our signature Food & Wine Pairing Menu also features a new sumptuous lineup of season-inspired dishes, vibrant in flavour and texture, to transform winter from a period of hibernation into a food celebration.


    360 degree Wine Tourism

    We would also like to share some exciting news with you regarding our latest offering, our Lifestyle Package.

    At the beginning of the year we added bespoke, luxury accommodation units to the estate’s line-up of offers, we can now proudly say that we are a complete Wine Tourism destination!


    Guests can enjoy a relaxing weekend, enjoying all of the various activities and offers on the premises. From enjoying a wine tasting next to the crackling fire, tucking in at our popular winelands Restaurant while soaking up the scenery or unwind at The Spa, for a complete rejuvenating break-away, not to forget that the cultural hub of Stellenbosch is a mere 5km away.

    These packages are designed for couples; friends or simply as a get-away for two people and include the following:

    • Two nights’ accommodation in our brand new units, valued at R3200.00
    • A Four Course Food & Wine Pairing Lunch for 2 at our widely acclaimed Restaurant, valued at R800.00
    • A gift of 3 Bottles of our award-winning wines, valued at R350
    • A couple’s Spa Treatment, valued R1190.00

    All for the amazing price of, R5376.00 R3795.00! That’s a massive 30% saving! 

    When you make your reservation, keep in mind that this amazing deal is only available until 30th September!

    To book your stay or enquire about the package, get in touch with us on 021 865 2022 or send us an e-mail to accounts@closmalverne.co.za.



  • Delicious autumn! New season, new Menu, new Flavours.

    “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns”. – George Eliot

    As we enter the new season, we welcome our new Menu to the Restaurant.

    Summer is officially over and it has been a busy one indeed! Over the traditional festive season and summer tourist visits we saw many old friends returning; made new ones along the way and sadly bid farewell to a few.

    We were blessed and humbled by the great support we received during the past few months, which saw us still sitting on top of the pile of Restaurants in Stellenbosch on TripAdvisor! While it is a great honour to be in this fortunate position; we know it is due to the loyal and gracious support of guests. So here’s to you, we appreciate your support and we’ll continue to  provide nothing but the best to our visitors!

    Our Commander in Chief, Executive-Chef Nadia Louw-Smith was recently honoured with the Mentor Award: Hospitality Management by the exclusive and illustrious Private Hotel School for her outstanding role in providing young up-and-coming chefs with guidance and training, while doing their internships at the Restaurant. Each year our Restaurant takes in two interns for a period of 6 months for them to get practical training in real restaurant.

    Nadia with the other award winners

    Nadia with the other award winners

    We welcome the seasonal change with a feast of comforting classics, conjured up in a scrumptious Autumn Menu which enadeavours to continue the new year’s energy with a myriad of wholesome tastes, unique to the season.

    This hearty new Menu, which will turn up the heat until the end of June, offers enthusiasts a four course lunchtime food and wine indulgence of generous portions at  R348.00 per person. Each dish on this sizzling bill of fare is served with a matching wine from our prized vineyards.

    Clos Malverne Food_Feb 2016_001-horzThink Shitake mushroom soup, with parmesan cheese sticks, a hint of truffle, roasted garlic-parsley cream fraiche croquette and shimeji mushrooms; served with Clos Malverne Chardonnay to spruce up the palate.

     Followed by a Moroccan style duck breast salad matched with the well-rounded Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend to satisfy any hunger. Or kiss the sizzling summer heat goodbye with a decadent Nutella Chocolate Brownie, served with a dollop of cherry ice cream, salted fudge crumbs and a cherry coulis and the our velvety Pinotage Reserve.

    A host of new, enticing dishes and delicacies are available to tingle your senses, while a select few stalwarts will remain, you know, just to keep you regulars happy.

    That is all from our side, we look forward to welcoming you soon!


  • We’re back from our Winter break with a BANG!

    Ward off, the winter woes with our New Winter Menu!

    We are back from our annual break with a bang!

    Stellenbosch, as popularized in the dramatic and incredibly popular series, “Game of Thrones”, winter is not “coming”, but has arrived!

    Who said vineyards can't be beautiful in the winter?

    Who said vineyards can’t be beautiful in the winter?

    The days are shorter and the nights longer; the layers of clothing increased and the will to wander out and about, decreased. To invigorate the wanderlust in the food & wine enthusiasts lurking under their heated blankets, The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne launches its delectable Winter Food & Wine Pairing Menu 2015, featuring hearty dishes to accompany the chilly season.

    Guests can look forward to starting their culinary experience with a starter of Cauliflower, Parsnip and Truffle Soup; served with parmesan crisps, pan fried enoki mushrooms and a parsley pesto; paired with our lightly oaked Chardonnay. This is the perfect way to start a leisurely fuss-free; outer-city dining experience.

    The Food & Wine Pairing Menu – which allows you to ‘do lunch in style’ without having to break the bank – has also been given a welcome winter whirl. This sumptuous 4-course menu costs R298 per head and each of the four courses are served with a glass of matching Clos Malverne wine, which ranges from crisp Sauvignon Blanc to the estate’s multi-crowned flagship Cape Blend, Auret, and popular coffee-style pinotage, Le Café.

    The fourth year running!

    The fourth year running!

    For those folks who might not have the luxury of time for an extended lunch, or who are only slightly peckish, the items on the Food & Wine Pairing Menu, can also be found as individual items on the A la Carte Menu Winter 2015.

    Firm favourites on the menu like the Grilled Springbok Loin and Fillet Steak, are joined by new renditions of gastronomic gallantry. Dishes like the Oriental Style Pork Belly, served with crispy crackling on a bed of egg noodles with pak choi, cashew nuts, chili, lemon grass, lemon zest and an orange jus; paired perfectly with our Flagship wine, the Auret.

    Can you guess what dish this is? Download our new Winter Menu and take a look!

    Can you guess what dish this is? Download our new Winter Menu and take a look!

    All of the wines featuring on our fresh new menu is available in elegant three packs through our wine shop; now you can have your own Dinner Party, Clos Malverne Style!

    Having been on a well-deserved break for the past few weeks, Executive Chef, Nadia Louw-Smith and her expert team are eager to get back to doing what they do best: “They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and this was definitely the case with our team at the Restaurant @ Clos Malverne. In my 13 years in the hospitality industry I have never seen any of my staff been so excited to be back at work after our well-deserved winter break”, she adds.

    It must have something to do with the brand new cold kitchen that was installed in their absence! The additional preparation space will allow the Restaurant to prepare for larger groups and speedier service during normal luncheons. It is not only the kitchen facilities that got a face-lift the past few weeks, the interior of the Restaurant is also boasting some brand new artwork. From vineyard inspired pieces to a regal painting of The Father of our Nation, smiling down on the dining guests.

    Initiation of the new utensils and accesories

    Initiation of the new utensils and accessories

    Guests are invited to join us and to come and enjoy a relaxing meal off our new Winter Menu; a glass, or two of our award winning wines; efficient & expert service, all presented with love and care.

  • Important News Update

    We’re going on Holiday!

    and an Important News Update from Clos Malverne Wine Estate before we go.

    Winter has officially arrived and in spectacular fashion! It’s been a blur the past couple of months and it’s hard to believe we’re halfway to Christmas, yes scary isn’t it?

    Winter Vineyards

    Winter Vineyards

    It is during this cold winter months that we go into hibernation and take our annual break, The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne will serve its last lunch this coming Father’s Day. After a period of well deserved rest for Executive Chef Nadia Louw-Smith and her expert team, they will be back on the 23rd of July, and with a smouldering, sassy new menu to boot! The Restaurant was also blessed to receive another TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence this year for a fourth time running! We would like to thank our loyal guests and supporters without which it would not have been possible at all!

    The fourth year running!

    The fourth year running!

    Now that the official stuff is out of the way we can tell you of all the other exciting & interesting things that transpired the past while. Our winemaker, Suzanne Coetzee, recently went on a trip to Portugal as part of her reward for placing in the 2014 Perold Absa Cape Blend Competition with our Spirit of Malverne 2012. Suzanne shares her experience:

    I was fortunate enough to be part of the annual Cape Blend / Amorim tour recently.  The Clos Malverne Spirit of Malverne 2011 and 2012 was awarded as one of the Top 5 Cape Blends in the country for two consecutive years.  The prize for this award is to go on a sponsored tour to a wine producing country.The destination this year was Portugal and Spain.  We first visited the beautiful cork forests in Evora, Portugal then went onto the beautiful city of Porta.  Besides seeing the traditional Port houses in the city, we also had an extensive tour of a cork factory where the detail and intensity of cork production was overwhelming. 

    Arrival in Portugal

    A culinary and wine tour through the Douro valley was definitely a highlight with the breathtaking views and awe inspiring vineyards on terraces.In Spain, the Toro and Ribera del Duero regions showed us how versatile the grape Temperanillo is to work with.  Visiting wineries from ultra modern, to very traditional, the Spanish wine philosophy was nothing short of inspiring!

    What makes a tour memorable is not only the destination but the people accompanying you.  Being one of only two ladies amongst 16 men on the tour ensured that there was never a shortage of humour and a lot of laughing.”

    Awe inspiring vineyards on terracesBack on the farm we are hard at work blending and fining the new vintages of wines to be released in the near future and we are also preparing for a few up-coming Wine Shows (tbc).

    Winter Warmer Vintage Mixed Case Offer

    3 Bottles each of these Award Winning 2006 vintage Wines

    For those folks that are still in the dark, no not loadshedding, about our awesome new Online Wine Shop; it is now easier than ever before to order your favourite Clos Malverne wines, in the comfort of your own home! Visit the shop now to view our Winter Warmer Vintage Mixed Case offer. These limited edition cases consist of two Award Winning 2006 Vintage wines, the Flagship Auret Cape Blend and The Pinotage Reserve respectively. Due to the rare vintage we only have a few available, so don’t delay, get your NOW!

    That’s it for now, again ,our sincere thanks for the massive support we received through the first part of the year!

    Kind Regards

    The Clos Malverne Team



  • Blast off to cyber space! A digital rejuvenation!

    We are proud to launch our brand new website!

    Stellenbosch – With Clos Malverne celebrating its 30th year of producing wine on the estate, it was time to assess the way in which they connect with their loyal supporters. As a result of this introspection, this past week saw Clos Malverne re-enter cyber space with a fresh approach, the launch of their brand new website!

    This sleek new site features several design improvements; the website was overhauled with a few key factors in mind: customer engagement with easy navigable menus; access to information and the utilization of the latest technology available to bolster its online presence. Guests can now find the latest menus for the restaurant; news; wedding packages; photos and of course, their favourite Clos Malverne wines in one convenient location.

    With e-commerce playing an integral part in the digital age, especially in the competitive world of wine, the timing for a digital facelift was perfect; partnering with specialist wine e-commerce establishment, Wineco, sister company to South Africa’s first online wine retailer www.cybercellar.com. The new e-shop is not only convenient; it offers customers the freedom to make up their own unique selection of wines, with no set options in terms of buying full cases of a particular wine. The e-shop is easy to browse, with a clear and concise design; secure and offers speedy delivery throughout South Africa.

    Prepping for the filming of our back groud video

    “We are excited to be able to offer an e-commerce solution to our customers, ensuring our wines are always available, with greater selective freedom than ever before” said Erich Zeelie, newly appointed Communications Manager. “As a winery, we want to offer as many ways to the reach the consumer as possible.” A strong focus was also placed on the new website being 100% mobile friendly, seeing that most South Africans access the internet via their mobile. “When you decide to visit a new restaurant; or look for an activity to do over the weekend, the first thing most people do is to visit the website of the establishment in question. Now if it’s slow, unresponsive or outdated, it reflects poorly on the business and more likely than not, has a negative influence on the way you perceive that business”, Erich explains further.

    The new visually attractive website was developed by Stellenbosch based Bread & Butter Design; owner and chief designer, Henriette Neethling explains “Clos Malverne required a new website and their main requirements were to be able to update it themselves and make it responsive (tablet and mobile friendly).Bread And Butter Design

    Most importantly however, it had to be unique while showcasing the beauty of Clos Malverne. I think what really make this site unique is the video intro on the home page. The ability to do website updates in-house allows them to keep the site fresh and interesting”.

    To celebrate this newly added avenue of interaction; Clos Malverne is offering their customers the opportunity to fill up and save on their favourite wines for the coming winter, in the most convenient way possible, be it from home; the office or while commuting via their mobiles & tablets.