Opulent Living was recently invited to visit Quoin Rock to taste the 14-course menu with wine pairing, to experience the 7-bedroom Manor House and to get an impression of the multi-functional venue hall.
There is an abundance of topics to talk about, countless little details and a family behind all, that drives the different areas of Quoin Rock with a passion for perfection.
Quoin Rock was purchased in 2012 by Ukrainian family the Gaiduks, who embarked on an extensive project that included replanting of 36 hectares of new vineyards. Managing director Denis Guiduk says: “My father [Vitaly Gaiduk] has a true passion for wine, and what appealed to us about Quoin Rock was that it was a blank slate, which offered us the opportunity to create the vision our family had.”
While wine is the core of the Quoin Rock operation, Gåte, the restaurant, is what makes the headlines and that appeals to an international foodie-crowd.
With head chef Nicole Loubser (formerly La Colombe, The Test Kitchen and the Michelin-starred JAN in Nice, France) at the helm, she and her talented team have crafted an artful 14-course menu, which also can be enjoyed as smaller versions, namely a five-course lunch or a seven-course dinner. “We’ve picked 14 countries to embody a taste-driven odyssey, fusing their flavours with South African cuisine” says Nicole.
Gåte Restaurant was recently named 2019 Global Restaurant of the Year at The World Luxury Restaurant Awards – an accolade, the team around Nicole Loubser is especially proud of.
We experienced the entire around-the-world journey including matching wines, enjoyed a very personal and attentive service including a visit in the kitchen which is part of the experience.
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Hot Air Balloon
01 Italy – Caffe Macchiato with Gate Cigar
02 France – Foie Gras, cranberry and cocoa
Namysto Sweet 2015
03 Spain – Paella, black rice and scallops
Namysto Sauvignon Blanc 2017
04 Canada – Upstream salmon with maple syrup and bacon dashi
Namysto Sauvignon Blanc 2017
05 Austria – Lamb, cranberry and smoked cheese tuile
Namysto Red Blend 2015
06 Ukraine – Beetroot, carrots and crème fraiche
07 Vietnam – Octopus, rice paper and teriyaki
Quoin Rock White Blend 2017
08 New Zealand – Sweet potato, Miso and honey
Quoin Rock MCC Black Series 2013
09 USA – Fried chicken, popcorn and a sweetcorn espuma
Quoin Rock Chardonnay 2018
10 Mexico – Seabass, coriander and chili
TWG tea shot
11 Japan – Pork, mushrooms and raspberry caviar
Quoin Rock Shiraz 2015
12 Greece – Gruyere cheese, melon sorbet and melba toast
Quoin Rock Red Blend 2015
13 UK – Lavender, panna cotta and chamomile
Quoin Rock MCC Black Series 2013
14 Namibia – Cheesecake, mango gel and cotton candy
TWG Silver Moon tea
Liquid Gold Coffee / TWG tea
In addition to the wine pairing Gate also offers a cocktail pairing and a tea pairing!
The Manor House at Quoin Rock Wine Estate is built as a traditional Cape Dutch home with exceptional manicured gardens and mountain views – including a magnificent sight of Table Mountian in the distant.
The house sits at the foot of the commanding Simonsberg mountains, 400 meters above sea level on the top of a hill that has been flattened to accommodate the Manor House. The pristine fresh air and immaculate natural surroundings make this property a dream for those wanting to get away from it all. The Manor House sleeps 14 people, split between the main house with 4 bedrooms, a separate honeymoon suite and another guest cottage with 2 double bedrooms. The bedrooms are well-appointed with widescreen televisions, underfloor heating and luxurious furnishings.
The house includes a large breakfast room and fully equipped kitchen, the drawing-room with a large fireplace, an opulent dining room to seat 14 guests as well as a cosier TV room with wood burning fireplace. A real home as a getaway for the entire family or with friends.
The immaculate garden is extensive and includes a large private swimming pool with fabulous mountain views.
The benefit of this beautiful property is of course that it lies on the Quoin Rock Wine Estate with access only via a gated private road – or via helicopter.
The Manor House at Quoin Rock is offered on a sole-use basis and comes with a price tag of R150,000 per day.
The function venue, the Venue Hall, has been built for weddings and corporate events. Large glass panels (which can be opened entirely) ensure that the beautiful outside blends in with the neutral colours of the hall.
The combination of the venue with the Manor House and the world-class restaurant ensure that wedding couples and their guests have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Corporate functions are also very much on the cards and a dedicated events team ensures that all wishes are fulfilled.
The vision of the owners of Quoin Rock comes to life in the estate’s two wine ranges: the premium Quoin Rock wines, and Namysto. The latter represents a merging of Ukrainian and African heritage, being named for a traditional neck ornament worn by Ukrainian women, and its similarity to the beaded necklaces associated with African dress.
Winemaker Jacques Maree, along with the owners, pay special attention to the maturation of the wines. White wines are only released after two years in the bottle, while red wines and MCCs are aged for up to six years.
As well as being paired with the culinary creations of Gåte Restaurant, the wines can be enjoyed in the estate’s elegant tasting lounge, which overlooks the vineyards and meadows that stretch out towards the Simonsberg Mountains or together with the fabulous picnics on offer where one can relax and unwind completely.
The name “Quoin Rock” found its inspiration from the Agulhas area, the most southern tip of Africa, where Quoin Point is the second most southerly point and where Quoin Rock Wines’ conservation farm, Boskloof is located. Ships rounding the cape on their way back from or to markets in the east, from the mid-1400s to these modern times, would stop over at the cape of good hope — today’s Table Bay Harbour, Cape Town, to replenish their boats with fresh produce. Farms like Quoin Rock would rush produce to the harbour and from the late 1660’s wines from South Africa started forming part of the goods delivered to the port. Now, just over 350 years later, South African wines are still exported from Table Bay harbour. While wine production is the main activity at Quoin Rock in Stellenbosch, the Agulhas farm, Boskloof focuses on conservation.
For more information and reservations please visit www.quoinrock.co.za
For those, who are wondering about the title ‘100 shades of luxury’: we have chosen 100 images to showcase the offerings and lifestyle of Quoin Rock.