Nestled in the picturesque town of Paarl, Laborie Wine Estate stands as a testament to the rich heritage and exceptional winemaking traditions of the Western Cape. With its stunning vineyards, historical manor house, and a commitment to producing high-quality wines, Laborie is a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts.
Laborie Wine Estate boasts a history that dates back to 1691 when it was established by Isaac Taillefert, a French Huguenot settler. The estate was named after Jean Laborie, the first winemaker on the property. The estate’s early years saw it producing wines that gained recognition far beyond the borders of South Africa, including receiving awards at international exhibitions in Paris in the 1800s.
The historic manor house, built in the Cape Dutch architectural style, stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Laborie. Today, it has been meticulously restored to its former glory and serves as a reminder of the estate’s long and storied history.
Wine Tasting Experience
If you’re visiting the beautiful Estate, you should take the time to taste some of their fantastic wines during a wine tasting experience. The Manor House Tasting Room is open daily between 11:00 18:00 from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, you can enjoy their range from 11:00 – 17:00. Laborie offers a choice of two different tasting options.
You can either taste 5 wines of their range for R65 and/or taste 3 MCC’s from their range for also R65.
In case you’re getting a little hungry during your tasting, you can also grab one of their delicious platters to enjoy alongside your wines. The platters include a selection of cured meats and Winelands cheese, pickled red onion, wholegrain mustard, hummus, butternut chutney, ciabatta and crackers.
Find out more about the wine tasting option here: WINE TASTING
Restaurants & Picnics
Laborie is probably one of the Wine Estates with the most dining options in Paarl. They are home to three different restaurants and you can enjoy picnics as well.
Stoep is their bistro-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can expect the best available local and seasonal ingredients to present delightful food that is uncomplicated and clean in flavours. The dining experience is relaxed in this contemporary restaurant with its expansive views over the vineyards. They offer a kiddies menu as well and are open Monday to Friday from 7am and on the weekend from 8am.
Suzanne is the new and exciting space at Laborie Estate. Named after the wife of Laborie’s first owner, Suzanne is a welcoming and relaxing space serving breakfast, small bites, easy lunches, tapas, and a full bar. This place also opens its door early mornings at 7am during the week and from 8am on weekends.
Cucina di Giovanni at Laborie is renowned for its great ambience and quality Mediterranean inspired cuisine. A relaxed winelands dining experience with family and friends. It is perfect for families eating out with kids as you have a full view of the attached playground and a wonderful lawn right in front the outside seating area. So the children can run around and play, while you enjoy your food and drinks. The restaurant is open from 12pm until late from Monday to Saturday and closing early on a Sunday around 4pm.
At Laborie, you can enjoy seasonally inspired picnic baskets and good wine on the beautiful spacious lawn in front of the Manor House. They offer lunch and sunset picnics from Wednesday to Sunday. Please note that the Sunset Picnics are not available on a Sunday. Picnic baskets start from R350 per person and they even have a kiddies picnic basket for children under the age of 12 available at R180. You can find the picnic menu here: PICNICS
To get an overview of all restaurants and menus, check out their website: EAT & DRINK
We enjoyed a fabulous lunch at the Cucina Di Giovanni and absolutely loved the generous outside space, the delicious food and wine and the space for our children. They were making full use of the wide, open lawn and the playground not far from us. It was a lovely spot for us as a family and we surely come back to try out the other dining options on the Estate.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Opening Times: Mon – Sat from 07:00 – 21:00, Sun from 07:00 – 17:00 depending on each restaurant
- Age Group: 0 – 99
- Baby Changing Facilities: Yes
- Kids Menu: Yes
- Fun Factor: 4/5
- Free WIFI: No
Phone: +27 (0) 21 807 3095