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Welcome to the Asara Wine Estate & Hotel

5 stars Trip Advisor Fairtrade and Wieta

The Wonderful Cape Winelands 
by Wines of South Africa

An award-winning wine estate & luxury hotel
in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

Asara Wine Estate & Hotel offers warm hospitality, luxury accommodation, friendly, attentive service and the finest in food and wines. All against a backdrop of breath-taking views and cocooned in a relaxed, tranquil ambience.

Situated just 4kms from Stellenbosch, and 25kms from Cape Town International Airport, Asara is ideal as a base for exploring the picturesque Cape Winelands and the many attractions of the Cape Peninsula. Or for simply kicking back and soaking up the views.

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Asara Facilities

Asara dining venues

The joy of food and wine is an essential part of the Asara experience. We celebrate local, artisanal suppliers and subscribe to an ethos of seasonal, sustainable  food and robust flavour.

Hotel guests and visitors can choose from several different venues:

mise en place  Our seasonal, evenings-only Destination Restaurant with elegant décor, superb service and seasonal menu.

Sansibar Bistro  Open from midday each day, an indoor/outdoor experience with lovely, large terraces and sweeping views.

Reception Lounge & Courtyard  Lounge and outdoor seating in the courtyard at the heart of the hotel with teas, coffees and more.

Raphael’s  Venue for our fabulous buffet and a la carte breakfasts.

Deli  Offers various treats, including in-house ice-creams in summer.

Sansibar Gin Lounge

Sansibar Gin Lounge

The Sansibar Gin lounge boasts Africa’s largest selection of imported gins, as well as the full range of gins produced by the burgeoning local gin industry. At Sansibar we not only offer gin tasting experiences – a great way to learn about gin for connoisseurs and novices alike, often one that leads to much discussion and laughter.

There is also an extensive and exclusive list of whisky’s, cognacs, cocktails and other drinks including non-alcoholic cocktails.

Sansibar offers magnificent views from the terrace in summer, and a roaring fireplace in winter.

Opening Hours Mon – Sun: 11h00 till late Sample drinks list

Pool Bar

Open in summer months only, our pool bar offers a range of drinks and light bites for Asara hotel residents only.

Ice-cream cart at the Deli


Our Deli is situated just off the central courtyard and offers for sale cakes (including our famous carrot cake), macaroons, chocolates made in-house, jams, locally produced cheeses, bath products, Karoo lavender soaps, shampoos, creams and sprays, and more.

In summer there is an ice-cream cart at the Deli that serves delicious in-house ice-creams of many flavours.

Opening Hours Mon – Sun: 8h00 – 17h00
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Asara Vineyards

Asara Vineyards

Asara is situated in superb wine-making country. As the old saying goes, “wine-making starts in the vineyard”, and at Asara the combination of a rich deep soil derived from decomposed granite, rolling hills, strong sunshine and cooling sea breezes makes an ideal environment for the cultivation of high quality grapes.

There are 104 hectares under vine on the estate, 75% planted with Red Grape Varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Gamay (Noir) and Petit Verdot. White grape varieties we are currently growing are Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay.

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Beauty and spa treatments room

Treatment Room

Guests can book a range of relaxing massages, beauty and spa treatments in the comfort and privacy of our treatment room.

Booking is at reception, and preferably 24 hours in advance.

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Special Occasions

Special Occasions

Asara is a wonderful venue for celebrations of all kinds – whether a 21st, 40th or 50th birthday, an anniversary, a baby shower, an end of year party or any other special occasion.

We have the venues to suit parties of guests from 2 people to 200, or up to 500 people with a marquee, and can accommodate dining preferences from buffet to plated dinner, to fine dining or a spit braai.

We offer some extraordinary options for your event, including a magical lamp-lit dinner in the vineyards, and a unique cellar dinner in our chandelier-lit, oak barrel wine cellar.

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mise en place

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mise en place is our seasonal Restaurant, open from 19th October to the end of March each year.

mise en place features sophisticated dining and elegant service. We host a maximum of 40 guests per evening, and do not seat tables larger than eight. On fine summer evenings guests can choose to dine on the terrace, which offers a spectacular setting and memorable ambience.

The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday evenings from 6pm onwards. Reservations are highly recommended.

Sample menu Wine list

Mise en place

Asara Wine Tasting

The Tasting Centre is open daily
10:00-18:00 last tasting at 17:30 (Monday - Saturday)
10:00 – 16:00 last tasting at 15:30 (Sunday & Public Holidays)
The Tasting Centre 021 888 8033

Making magnificent wines is at the heart of what Asara is all about, and we welcome visitors to our wine-tasting centre to sample some of our established favourites as well as our exciting new wines.

At the centre, which overlooks our chandelier-lit barrel maturation cellar, an Asara wine ambassador will guide you through the tasting process, and discuss our wines, how they are made and their characteristics and qualities.

Informative cellar tours are offered by appointment from Monday to Friday at 11h00 or 15h00.

There is always a selection of the estate’s wines available for purchasing at the tasting centre.

For hotel guests who have booked directly with Asara the tasting is complimentary. Day visitors pay R50 for their choice of three wines, or R75 for their choice of five. It’s not necessary to book a tasting, but it is advisable if it’s for a large group.

The Asara Wine Tasting Centre

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Where We Are

  • Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
  • +27 21 888 8000
  • GPS: -33.949, 18.812
  • Road directions to Asara

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