If you are wondering whether to host your next corporate event on a Cape wine farm or not, we’re here to tell you that you should definitely do so!
See, there are a few important reasons why wine farms are so popular for weddings and other big events. In fact, vineyards and wine estates have been so popular for so long that you might be wondering whether it might be a little obvious a choice. We get that. You wouldn’t want to lean into a cliche, after all.
Happily, this is not the case at all! Here are 5 excellent reasons why you should definitely consider hosting your next corporate event on a wine farm within easy reach of the Mother City:
1. It’s actually too gorgeous for words
The Cape Winelands is about as close to picture-perfect as it comes - especially in spring and summer when the vineyards are lush and green. The thing that makes it really special is the mountains that feature as a backdrop to all this bright green foliage.
Around Stellenbosch in particular, the Jonkershoek and Simonsberg mountains create exceptionally dramatic scenery. Of course, to a certain extent, it’s these very mountains that make the Winelands such a great area to grow grapes. It has a major impact on the region’s terroir.
But we digress - back to the pretty. Naturally, some estates are more scenic than others. At Hazendal, for instance, we have a very talented team of landscape artists who help to keep our grounds looking lush and beautiful all year round. This adds a little something extra to the look and feel of our premises.
2. You can get in on some wine-tasting action
Almost everyone can enjoy a nice glass of wine on occasion but when you are introduced to a particular vintage at the hand of a seasoned wine aficionado, it’s a complete game-changer.
At Hazendal, many corporate groups like to combine their events with a wine tasting at our Wine Lounge. This is a great way to learn more about the wines we produce on the estate and how we choose to handle our lovely grapes to produce our sought-after vintages.
If you really want to push out the boat when it comes to a tasting, we also offer our widely acclaimed Sensory Experience. This unique food-and-wine pairing experience combines an exclusive cellar tour with an indulgent foodie occasion in the elegant subterranean Wine Library. In short, each amazing Hazendal wine is paired with an eye-catching, flavour-packed micro-plate. MUCH yum.
3. The food is pretty spectacular as well
Speaking of food - that’s yet another reason to host your corporate event on a wine farm. Most estates in the Stellenbosch area have an on-site restaurant. Of course, at Hazendal we happen to have more than one… That’s just because we like to offer our guests culinary variety at every turn.
Hazendal is perhaps best known for the Russian Tea Ceremony, a culturally rich and exquisite experience that celebrates the central role tea has played in Russian society since 1638. This is a treat for visiting groups of friends, family and larger teams of corporate guests alike.
Other than that, our estate is also home to the convivial Babushka Deli, where visitors can sit down to a lovely selection of seasonal fare, or pick up a picnic basket to enjoy elsewhere on our premises. Of course, there is also the Pivnushka Beer Garden - a local take on the very popular European beer gardens abroad.
Best of all - the talents of our chefs can be put to good use tailoring bespoke menus for any corporate event you care to host at Hazendal, whether it be a swanky award ceremony or a one-day conference.
4. You can take your pick of venues
There are a great variety of wine farms to choose from near Stellenbosch. In fact, at last count, it was around 130! As such, you are very likely to find an estate that ticks all of our must-have boxes.
Of course, at Hazendal alone we have a bunch of spaces to choose from when it comes to hosting a corporate event. Straight off the bat, our custom-built, state-of-the-art conferencing facility is fully equipped and features aesthetically pleasing work spaces designed to inspire creativity and collaboration.
Then there is the Pavilion, which can be used as a stunning space for exhibitions of all kinds. Not to mention the open and airy Glasshouse, our striking Avant-Garde & Wine Tasting Lounge, and the imposing Grand Hall, of course. Each of these Hazendal venues offers something truly special and unique.
5. There are loads of amazing experiences to enjoy in one spot
Hosting your corporate event on a wine farm also means that you will be able to enjoy an array of amazing experiences in one spot. At Hazendal, this includes everything from playing a 3-par golf course, whether you want to up the stakes with your team or just have a fun day out give it a go. You can also peruse the classic car collection, and even view art.
Sounds pretty amazing right? That’s because it is! If you would like to know more about what we offer at Hazendal when it comes to corporate events, feel free to reach out to our event team. We will be happy to share some more insights on hosting your next corporate event on a wine farm.