Winery of the Week: Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate

Morgenster, dating back to 1711, is a thriving wine and olive estate in Somerset West. Exceptional terroir, input from the best expertise in the world and attention to detail from visionary owner Giulio Bertrand have resulted in internationally acknowledged wines and olive products of extraordinary quality and enjoyment.

Morgenster’s Bordeaux styled red blends under the Morgenster and Lourens River Valley labels are crafted to age well by consultant Pierre Lurton, CEO of Chateau Cheval Blanc, and the local winemaking team. It is Morgenster’s policy to release its wines when they have had the benefit of being able to age perfectly. Visitors to its stylish tasting room on the banks of a tranquil reed lined dam looking onto the majestic Helderberg can compare complexities and progress of vintages from as early as 2001.

Morgenster TastingRoom View

Morgenster Tasting Room View

The Estate also offers tastings of Giulio Bertrand’s three Italian Collection wines from his small, highly prized vineyards of Italian cultivars: a sangiovese rosé, a super Tuscan blend based on sangiovese, and a nebbiolo.  Visitors can also enjoy a white Bordeaux styled blend and the exciting NU range of single cultivar wines from Morgenster’s new vineyards.

Where you have vines you can have olives, and the soils of Morgenster produce extra virgin olive oil that consistently ranks among the best in the world. In the authoritative Flos Olei 2014 Guide and competition, which assesses the world’s best olive oils, Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil was awarded the top score of 98 points out of a possible 100, sharing this level with only 10 other farms in the world. This followed four years of achieving 97% in Flos Olei with Morgenster being one of only seven producers in the world to have achieved this rating so consistently.

Morgenster Olive Oils

Morgenster Olive Oil

The farm offers visitors an extra virgin olive oil tasting that leads the nose and taste buds down fresh and intriguing paths, teaching them how to judge excellence in an olive oil and presenting the health and culinary secrets of the Estate’s award winning olives and oils.

The Estate’s wines and olive products are exported around the world. On their labels they feature the morning star as depicted on the front gable of the Morgenster manor house, the private residence of Giulio Bertrand who bought the estate in 1992.

Opening times:

Tasting room hours:  Daily from 10h00 – 17h00. Closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Its manor house, the private residence of owner Giulio Bertrand who bought the estate in 1992, features examples of the Cape’s most beautiful gables and architecture.

Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate

Vergelegen Avenue (Off Lourensford Rd)
Somerset West, South Africa

Latitude: -34.0839432446153, Longitude: 18.8852405548096

Tel:       +27 21 852 1738.

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