Hazendal: the historic Cape’s tasty Russian connection
The rejuvenated estate is causing a buzz in the Cape winelands for its exotic menu and family-friendly vibe
For many years Hazendal Wine Estate (http://hazendal.co.za) lacked much of a reputation in the Cape winelands, little more than an afterthought for anyone road-tripping through the scenic Bottelary Hills.
That’s all changed though, with a major revamp weaving a subtle Russian thread through this historic Cape farm.
Hazendal traces its history back to 1699, when the German settler Christoffel Hazenwinkel was granted 60ha of land in the area. Seeking to make his mark on the landscape, and admiring the abundance of wild hares (hazen in Dutch) in the valley, he named it Hazendal. Remarkably, across three centuries of history and multiple owners, the name was unchanged when Russian entrepreneur Mark Voloshin bought the farm in 1994...