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Van Ryn's Brandy Distillery

Wine | Cellar Tours | Country side

The Van Ryn’s Distillery, housed in a beautifully preserved historic complex on the banks of the Eerste River, is the only brandy distillery in Stellenbosch. It is also home to the world’s best brandy. That’s the opinion of the judges of the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London.  They have awarded Van Ryn’s the annual title of IWSC Worldwide Best Brandy no fewer than five times! Van Ryn’s has also won the International Spirits Competition (ISC) Best Brandy trophy three times.

Just 40 minutes drive from Cape Town, here visitors can learn about the origins of Van Ryn’s dating back to 1845. See the burnished copper potstills and watch skilled craftsmen at work at our on-site cooperage. Find out how we potstill our brandies, mature and blend them. Sample our international award-winners and pair them with a carefully selected range of artisanal delicacies, from confection and estate coffee to cheeses and charcuterie.

We offer you tranquil, unhurried luxury and friendly, knowledgeable service. We genuinely love what we do and always enjoy the chance to share our enthusiasm with fellow brandylovers and those new to fine brandy.

There are four brandies in the prestigious and highly decorated Van Ryn’s Collection Reserve range.


Our tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on how much you want to know, and includes a tasting and a stop at our traditional copper potstills, our maturation cellar and cooperage                                    

Sip and savour

Taste our award-winning 10 Year Old and 12 Year Old brandies    

Brandy Pairings

Taste three award-winning brandies perfectly paired with artisanal charcuterie for a celebration of fine flavours                                              

Taste three award-winning brandies paired with hand-made Belgian chocolate and Brazilian coffee for a luxurious indulgence                              

Taste four award-winning brandies paired with hand-made Florentines, richly studded with nuts and dried fruit on a delicious chocolate base                     


Taste our abundant cheese platters for two                           

Taste our generous cheese and artisanal charcuterie platters for two served with brandy cocktails 


Need a beautiful breakaway facility for a conference? We offer you privacy, tranquillity and a boardroom that comfortably seats 18 people, equipped with a screen and facilities for your presentations, as well as a comfortable and luxuriously appointed living room right next to it. We can also undertake catering for teas, coffees, lunch and cocktails on the premises.


Mondays to Fridays                              

08:00 to 17:00


09:00 to 14:00

Sundays: November to April only  (but no cellar tours)                 

11:00 to 16:00


Mondays to Fridays                                         

10:00, 11:30 and 15:00


10:00, 11:30 and 13:00


Mondays to Fridays                                     

08:30 to 16:30


09:30 to 13:30

Sundays: November to April only                    

11:30 to 15:30



Phone: 0218813875
Fax: 0218813127
Website: Website
Address Van Ryn Road, Vlottenburg


Type: Cellar Tours
Location: Country side

Stellenbosch 360

Friends of Stellenbosch


T: +27 (0)21 883 3584
F: +27 (0)21 882 9550

Information Office:
36 Market Steet
Stellenbosch, 7600