WHERE IT BEGAN
Doug and Sue Lund come from two families with a passion for farming. The Newstead crest, the Staglion, combines the roots of both – the lion of the Lunds and the stag of the Robinsons. And yet, Newstead represents a departure for both of them. From sugar and dairy farms in KwaZulu-Natal, they came to make wine in the Garden Route.
the newstead vineyards
It was a visit to New Zealand that inspired us to make wine, and it’s no coincidence that we chose to do it in a region that shares many of the same characteristics. The Plettenberg Bay Wine of Origin region has a comparable geography and climate. As in New Zealand, it is especially favourable to the varieties we grow – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our vineyards also enjoy similar temperatures, sunlight and cool night breezes, the benefits of which are maximised by the north-south vine planting.
We believe that small is special. We know and nurture each vine. We use organic fertilisers and recycled grey water. We pay meticulous attention to detail. And because we prioritise quality over quantity, we don’t cut costs, even taking the unusual step of using netting over our vines, which results in unusually good grapes: they’re some of the most unblemished any farmer is ever likely to see, and they’re put to good use by our award-winning winemaker Anton Smal.
OUR TASTING ROOM
Our Tasting Room is very much the way we hope people will think of our farm: welcoming, authentic, and intimate. It’s a place we want visitors to be able to relax and stay.
We don’t have restaurant-like formalities and don’t take bookings so we encourage you to come early to get a table. Our foods are guided by the season, inspired by the moment, and made from scratch using ingredients that are locally-sourced (often as local as our own vegetable, herb and flower garden) and always fresh, simple and delicious.
EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS
Newstead is available as a venue for events. And we also enjoy holding a few of our own. Contact us to book your celebration or find out more about our Harvest Blessing around March, Bubbly Festival in October, new wine launches in November, Secret Solstice party in December, and polo parties and matches from mid-December to mid-April.
We host weddings and celebrations for 20 – 110 people. We also have space for a marquee on the polo field in the vineyards for 150 – 600 guests for weddings and launches.
SUITES AT NEWSTEAD
Newstead Pinot 1 and Pinot 2 Suites. Some places, you feel renewed and re-energised the moment you arrive. That’s what we’ve tried to create at our two guest self-catering suites.
The old farm house has been renovated into two private self-catering guest suites, Pinot 1 and Pinot 2, each sleeping two people. They are located on our Pinot Noir vineyards. Not a stone’s throw away, not a short walk. Oh and if that doesn’t already fill you with serenity and contentment, then our adjoining paddocks add to the sense of openness.
That openness extends inside the cottages too. At around 50 sqm, they are spacious, airy and light. Warmly uncluttered. And luxuriously understated. Expect oversized chairs. Indulge in clouds-soft beds ad with velvet-buttoned headboards and high thread-count linen.
It’s a place for simple but elegant pleasures. Inhale the tranquility. Settle in with a good book from our small collection. Enjoy morning tea brewed in a silver pot, or discerningly selected coffee drunk on the veranda. Share leisurely sun-downers overlooking the vineyards or under the nearby pear tree. Bliss out under the private outdoor shower. Reinvigorate in the circular pool.
With all kitchen essentials, you may self-cater as much or as little as you please. You also have the option of ordering a picnic from the estate or enjoying an all-too-rare slow lunch at the restaurant.
You may be on honeymoon, on a polo vacation, or on a much-needed break from the city. You may come for a weekend or for a month. The gear-change down to calm is immediate. And it only gets better from there.