Esona’s Old Cellar with its underground fermentation tanks (kuips) takes you back into the former years of winemaking. Many years ago our ancestors used a very different technique to ferment wine and brandy, and it happened right here at Esona.
The story of
In the early days of winemaking, they dug into the ground and built cement cisterns by using river stones found in the Breede River just 200 metres away, using donkeys to carry the stones up the hill. The main reason for building kuips was to provide darkness and consistent temperature.
The cement walls in The Kuip were once rubbed with beeswax, to prevent the wine from seeping into the walls, and ensure the wines are left with their distinct and unique flavours.
Two Vintages, music, and art pairing experience (No Booking Required)
Taste The Difference
Wine in Riedel glasses, music, and art pairing experience (Booking Required)
“Esona has opened up their underground concrete tanks – a long-disused method of storing sweet wine – creating eerily enchanting tasting spaces. Esona’s offering is a multi-sensorial one as music and food are also paired with the wine, while admiring the artwork that flickers in the candlelight around. The tasting also makes use of RIEDEL glasses, demonstrating why using the right glass does make a difference. Afterwards, the elevated deli gives gracious views, seemingly floating above the vineyards themselves.”
Our upstairs bistro has a small but enticing menu that focuses on supporting local products for our platters and sandwiches.
It also has a large deck surrounded by vineyards, overlooking the Breede River with views to the mountains. Our standard tastings are done on the deck or inside, in front of our fire on cold days.
Part of The Kuip, Caryl’s little Shoppe has something for everyone, ranging from cordials to olive products, lavender and olives, through to some of Esona’s wines.
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