Classic Cats has been the firm favourite of many a wedding planner for some time now. But there’s more than meets the eye with this exclusive vintage car showroom set in the scenic strip of Stellenbosch.
Housed at Vredenheim Wine Estate, the car rental is also home to a gin bar in Stellenbosch that host daily tasting and gin pairing sessions with some of South Africa’s top artisanal gins. Owner Quentin Strydom and his team certainly know their stuff and boast with over 26 different varieties of gin currently on their menu (Rooibos infused gin from Cape Town Gin Co, anyone?)
Strydom hopes to eventually list each and every gin label made in South Africa.
Classic Cats had a humble start in 2007 with only 3 Jaguars on its roster, but this innovative brainchild has since expanded as a conceptual hub for vintage car enthusiasts. Now the fleet is standing tall with 14 impeccably-kept and restored emblematic models up for rental or sale, supplemented with a servicing option to spoil your own classic car to a professional and refurbishing polish.
Top vintage model highlights include the show-stopping 1958 Jaguar Mark VIII, transporting you to the glitz and glam of the 50’s with its ebony and ivory splendour. So is the convertible 1955 Triumph TR2 two-seater in Signal Red – perfect for a memorable romantic trip in the surrounds.
Classic Cats boast with the kind of rare finds car lovers can only dream about.
Aside from his fierce love for classic automobiles, Strydom is also unabashedly patriotic, passionate, and dedicated to the cult of South Africa’s craft gin industry. So ultimately the idea to merge two of his favourite passions (gin and classic cars) with an entrepreneurial twist only comes somewhat natural.
Whether you are after a round of tastings in a fresh setting, Classic Cats is a drinking experience like no other. What better way to marvel at the exclusive and eclectic collection of classic cars with a killer craft G&T in your hand? Classic Cats operate on a walk-in basis therefore advance booking for 10 or more guests is essential.
Address: Vredenheim Wine Esate, R310 (Baden Powell Dr), Stellenbosch
Operating hours: Tue to Fri, 12pm – 5pm | Sat – Sun, 11am – 5pm | Closed on Mondays