QBar - De Wet Courtyard

A wine bar is the ultimate indulgence for vino-lovers—an entire space dedicated to the enjoyment of fine wine with friends, served with knowledgeable and attentive hospitality. Situated in the iconic De Wet Courtyard, the new Qbar (@qbar_stellenbosch) is the perfect place to escape the busy streets of Stellenbosch. 

Qbar is a Quoin Rock descendant and a Stellenbosch first. The wine bar opened on 23 December and has enjoyed a busy festive season, bringing the vision of owners Denis and Yuliya Gaiduk to life—namely, allowing guests to enjoy a taste of the Knorhoek Valley’s finest with the full range of Quoin Rock, Namysto and Knorhoek wines. Instead of waiting for the world to come to the wine farms, Denis and Yuliya have brought the wineries to the world, offering a unique taste of the terroir. Wines on offer include the multi-award winning Namysto Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon, Quoin Rock Black Series MCC, and Knorhoek Chenin Blanc, to name but a few. These gems of the Knorhoek Valley are at the heart of Qbar’s creation. 

Gin lovers can enjoy Knorhoek’s Pink and Clear craft gin, savoured by themselves or in one of Qbar’s seven signature cocktails. Qbar’s drinks menu embraces quality, rather than quantity. The focus on quality extends to the wine bar’s service and hospitality—the cherry on top, or that extra olive in the glass. At Qbar, every experience exceeds expectations through exceptional attention to detail. 

Qbar’s setting is refined yet relaxed, the perfect place to unwind and spend time with friends over excellent wine and tasty tapas. Yuliya (@j.gaiduk_architect) is the visionary behind its superior look and feel. She wanted to create something rich in colour, drawing specific inspiration from South Africa with its iconic gold and green.

“South Africa is golden—its sun, its resources, its people—all golden,” Yuliya describes.

And, with all the natural abundance, green was an effortless choice to complement the golden hues. 

Denis and Yuliya are also the managing directors of Quoin Rock and Knorhoek wine estates, which are owned by Denis’ father, Vitaliy. The couple takes a very hands-on approach and brings authentic pride and passion to all of their projects. Originally from Ukraine, Denis and Yuliya relocated to the Cape in 2014 to create their vision in the Knorhoek Valley. They re-designed the architecture, invigorated the winemaking process, and embraced the uniqueness of the terroir.

The results of their hard work are the incredible spaces and wines that present a masterpiece in each bottle, just waiting to be poured and enjoyed. 

With its vibrant colours, detailed interior, and tapestry of texture, Qbar is a wine bar that brings a breath of fresh air to the secluded De Wet Courtyard and timely Stellenbosch town. Be it for after-work drinks, a catch up with friends or a place to unwind, Qbar is an eye-catching location for those in Stellenbosch looking for the quintessential glass… or few. 

Qbar is open Wednesday-Sunday from 12:00 to 23:00.