Brookdale Estate wins in Best of Wine Tourism Awards for 2024

Brookdale Estate has won the Accommodation category in the Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2024, in recognition of the quality winelands guest experience offered by the Brookdale Manor House.

The Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism & Ambassador Awards programme celebrates innovation and excellence in wine tourism throughout 12 of the greatest wine regions in the world, including South Africa.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains and hugged by a valley abundant with vineyards and fynbos, the Brookdale Manor House is a tranquil sanctuary on a working wine farm in the Paarl Winelands. With six guest suites, it is positioned as a world-class, winelands retreat to accommodate individual travellers, or small groups of family and friends travelling together. Built in a modern Cape Dutch style, it is elegantly furnished, featuring ample living spaces, extensive gardens, a pool house and terraces set around a magnificent swimming pool with panoramic views of the dramatic mountains and wine valley.

Breakfast is included in the rate, with family-style lunches and gourmet dinner options prepared by the in-house chef and his team.

Yvonne Coetzee, general manager of Brookdale Estate, says they are humbled and honoured to be among the high calibre of previous winners such as Babylonstoren and Delaire Graff. “This award is not only for Brookdale but for the Paarl Winelands, which deserves the recognition, as it has so much to offer. We are very proud of this award, which will highlight the quality wine tourism and hospitality experience on offer in this region. Around us are superb wineries, restaurants, nature trails and exceptional golfing, as well as interesting cultural and historical monuments – myriad attractions await to be explored from the Brookdale Manor House as base.”

Ever since its inception in 2021, Brookdale Estate has paid homage to its ethos ‘Stay Curious’. A true Cinderella story, the farm was once overgrown and underused. The Rudd family, originally from the United Kingdom, recognised the potential of the property and acquired the 67-hectare estate in 2015. In line with their vision to create a world-class country estate, today Brookdale offers exceptional hospitality and produces fine wines under the stewardship of talented young winemaker, Kiara Scott Farmer.

Recently opened on the estate, within walking distance from the Manor House, executive chef Gary Coetzee is at the helm of the Bistro at Brookdale Estate, which promises a relaxed, contemporary Paarl Winelands dining experience. Adjacent to the Bistro and the cellar, the Tasting Room invites guests to immerse themselves into the full Brookdale experience and sample the estate’s terroir-driven vintages, made in ever-evolving styles.

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