If you take the M12 between Kuilsriver and Stellenbosch, turn off onto the Old Polkadraai road. The one that runs past the Polkadraai Strawberry farm. Drive around the damn and pass the entrance to Beau Joubert and La Provence. Follow the road and you will find yourself in front of a tiny cream-coloured building the words “Bein” mounted on the wall.
This 2.2Hectar gem is one of Stellenbosch’s best kept secrets. Mind blowing Merlot with an epic story.
Ingrid and Luca Bein are Swiss veterinarians who left it all behind and came to SA to study wine making (and did) and now they make their own amazing merlot. This tiny 2.2H farm boasts only merlot vines. Since they make only one varietal they aim to make only exquisite wines and oh boy, do they hit the mark.
Being animal lovers they have saved many a stray and made a home for them on the farm. Some of these animals include two gorgeous donkeys. Yes, donkeys. Saved from townships they are now very much at home on the property. They Beins do something really special with these donkeys. They pack up a pick nick on their backs and walk them up through the vineyards to the top of the hill and have a pick nick with their guests. Yes, its as divine as it sounds.
Add Bein to your list of must see Stellenbosch secrets.
Fabulous merlot, donkey walks and a unrivaled view.