Johann Rupert’s L’Ormarins Estate is a sight to behold. And why wouldn’t it be? With Swiss-based Richemont (luxury goods) and South Africa-based, Remgro tucked under his belt, expect nothing less from the tycoon.
Expect lavishness and exquisite taste mixed with the essence of winemaking, this is what you will see once you enter the L’Ormarins Estate. Originally owned by the late Anthonij Rupert, the estate was passed onto Johann Rupert. It is Johann who placed state of the art Terra del Capo cellars and the only one of its kind on the continent. No wonder the wines they produce are award-winning.
Situated in the Franschhoek area, this is the main estate in the Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio. It houses 9 vineyards, namely Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. But it’s not just the wine profile that will astound you. It’s what’s inside the estate that is quite remarkable.
Terra del Capo Tasting Room
Near the entrance of the property, this tasting room offers a relaxed and indulgent experience of the Italian-inspired Terra del Capo range. You’ll have a bird’s eye view of the activities in the cellar through a clear glass wall and a picturesque view of the mountains. There is also an antipasti bar which is perfect for a quick lunch or to discover some pairings.
Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room
Farther into the estate is the refurbished historic and handsome manor turned into the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room. Expect no less from the namesake of the previous owner, as you will be welcomed with Cape Dutch style furniture with period art hoisted on its walls. It’s magnificent everywhere you look, the front veranda showing you views of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, and the back porch entertaining you with views of the rose garden and the Groot Drakenstein Mountains. You are also welcome to spend the afternoon high tea here.
Drakenstein Stud Farm
What else can you have with a wine valley and exquisite tasting rooms? Horses, of course. The estate has a stud farm. You can have your horse trained here for racing, or you can purchase one of their trained ones.
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Yes. There is a motor museum in the estate. Johan Rupert’s 220 (even more) car collection resides in this motor museum inside it. Expect to see a wide array of vehicles, from an 1898 Beeston motor tricycle to a 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar. The walls of the museum are dehumidified and have a floor area of 2700 m² with the cars presented in chronological order.
And if you would like a tour of the whole place, they also have an estate package. Reading these special areas of the L’Ormarins Estate would make you think that it’s not as big as it really is. But there are a lot of manors and guesthouses that are not open to the public, and we can only surmise if any of the Ruperts stay here.
This is not your run of the mill estate, but then again, Johann Rupert is not your run-of-the-mill businessman.