Visitors can get a glimpse of farm operations through various experiences, including olive oil blending, a cellar tour, or witnessing the essential oil distillery in the Scented Room. Here, an olfactory experience awaits in a space dedicated to transforming the farm’s most fragrant harvests into a range of natural bath, body and home fragrance products.
Other in-depth experiences – hosted by master gardeners, chefs, and specialists on a variety of topics – are offered in daily and weekly workshops. The daily garden tours are a favourite, especially, where guests are guided by one of the Babylonstoren master gardeners. For foodies, the balsamic and olive oil tour is a treat, especially in autumn when the olive harvest is brought in from the orchards. Guests can see how the extra-virgin olive oil is extracted from the berry to the bottle, and even try their hand at blending their own oil.
The cellar tour is another favourite and includes a visit to Babylonstoren’s subterranean wine tunnel. The experience offers guests a journey through centuries of making and storing wine, and culminates in a master tasting of all ten wines paired with accompaniments from the farm that complements each wine to perfection. Amid the aging barrels underground, the tasting is immersive and fun – especially on those extra hot Boland summer days or on a rainy winter afternoon.
Even without joining one of the official tours, the farm and garden provide ample opportunity to experience authentic farm life in the Boland. Seasonal exhibitions in the garden’s Puff Adder walkway, for example, tell the story of indigenous clivias in spring, or unique rock formations and their colloquial names in winter.
Atop the underground wine tunnel, The Story of Wine Museum is a new addition to the farm’s portfolio. This interactive space details the origins, cultivation, and culture behind mankind's love affair with wine, while encouraging a contemporary narrative of its age-old traditions and social gravitas. It’s a celebration of man's ingenuity and the earth's generosity, and the cultural events that have shaped our collective winemaking and -drinking heritage. It’s also the perfect pre-cursor to enjoying a tasting of the farm’s collection of award-winning wines in the adjacent Tasting Room.
The Farm Shop, Milk Room, Bakery, Butchery and Lekker Room all offer speciality items and tasty treats, sourced and cultivated from the estate and surrounding suppliers. The objective is to offer visitors a comprehensive taste of the region, and an opportunity to stock up on an array of pantry treats, fresh produce, and luxury homeware. An expansive online offering is also available for remote shoppers across South Africa.