We come from two families with rich farming heritage. Our crest combines the roots of both – the lion of the Lunds and the stag of the Robinsons. And yet, Newstead represents a departure for both of us. From sugar and dairy farms in KwaZulu-Natal, we came to make wine in the Garden Route.
From the vine to the wine, there’s potential, growth, change, and ultimately, hopefully, something very special. And even then, there’s a sense of mystery and possibility, depending on when and how you enjoy it, and who with.
Maybe it’s just us, but our feeling is that wine is very much like life.
The Plettenberg Bay Wine of Origin region has a comparable geography and climate. As in New Zealand, it is especially favourable to the varieties we grow – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our vineyards also enjoy similar temperatures, sunlight and cool night breezes, the benefits of which are maximised by the north-south planting of our vines.
We believe that small is special. We know and nurture each vine. We use organic fertilisers and recycled grey water. We pay meticulous attention to detail. And because we prioritise quality over quantity, we don’t cut costs, even taking the unusual step of using netting over our vines, which results in unusually good grapes: they’re some of the most unblemished any farmer is ever likely to see, and they’re put to good use by our award-winning winemaker, Anton Smal.
Our Tasting Room
Our tasting room is very much the way we hope people will think of our farm: welcoming, authentic, intimate. It’s a place we want visitors to be able to relax and linger. Like a home, it will evolve, change, and hopefully surprise, depending on the time of day or year.
We don’t have restaurant-like formalities, but our foods are guided by the season, inspired by the moment, and made from scratch using ingredients that are locally-sourced (often as local as our own vegetable, herb and flower garden) and always fresh, simple and delicious.
Regrettably, we have decided to no longer take bookings. Somehow, it changed the Newstead experience, both for us and our visitors. So, instead, we’re going back to the more easy-going kind of atmosphere that we had early on, that’s more in line with who we are, and that we know our guests loved.
We encourage you to come early to get a table (see our opening times below). You can wander around, enjoy the view, breath deep, and appreciate a long, slow meal. We will never make you feel rushed, and we’ll try to make it a day that you make memories. If we are unexpectedly busy, please wait to be seated, so that a waitron can be assigned to you or order at the bar.
We host ‘Meet the Wine maker Session” at 12 noon sharp every Friday. Come and meet the award-winning Cap Classique maker Anton Small.
Opening times: Until 15 December 2020
From Tues – Sat: from 11am – 3pm for wine tasting & sales
From Thurs – Sat: from 11am – 4pm for wine tastings, sales and shared picnics & platters
Opening times: from 15 December – 10 January 2021
Open every day for lunches & tastings & wine sales/deliveries.
We are closed for private functions on:
19th Dec (Lunches at 12 noon only, closing for Private function at 2pm)
20th Dec (Private Function)
21st (open for Wine Sales, & snack platters)
22 (open for Wine Sales) Invite only Secret Solstice Sunset wine launch
25 & 26 December, and 1 January (Closed to public)
Tastings and Sales:
It is all about the wine!
Still wine tastings are R10 ( 2 x 2 x Sauvignon Blanc)
Bubbly tastings are R20 (2 x 2 x Cap Classique)
Meet the Winemaker, Anton Smal, tasting sessions at 12 noon every Friday in high season.
Wine & Cap Classique available online at www.newsteadwines.com.
Delivery worldwide at cellar prices.
Celebrations can be booked. Remember to pre order your birthday cake from us.