Glassblowing workshops at Backsberg

Nel Glass

Glassblowing workshops at Backsberg

Enjoy a wonderful day in the Winelands at the established glassblowing studio of brothers Henk and Frans Nel.Nel Glass

Nel Glass invites you to spend the morning at their atelier learning about the art of glassblowing. Take a tour through their studio, followed by a practical lesson in modern glassblowing. With the assistance of Henk and Frans, you will make your own glass masterpiece to take home.

Enjoy the wine farm and gather in Backsberg’s historic barrel cellar for a formal wine tasting conducted by their resident sommelier. Taste through some of Backsberg’s award-winning wines and brandies.

End the day with a relaxing lunch at Backsberg’s restaurant.

Venue: Nel Glass is situated on Backsberg Estate Cellars, Klapmuts Simondium Road, Paarl
Time: Monday to Saturday 9am to 2pm. Sunday on request.
Fee: 400 per person
Included in the fee is a glassblowing lesson, use of equipment and all materials for creating your own piece to take home, a full wine tasting and a one-course lunch.

This workshop is a perfect day outing for a group of friends, a family or a work teambuilding activity. Classes are between 6 and 12 people.

Booking is essential.
Call 084 259 1090 or 082 402 2531 or email For more information visit or view the Facebook page at

  • Brett Farley
    Posted at 13:48h, 11 March Reply

    Hi, what dates are you running the glass blowing workshop over the next 2 weeks? Thanks. Brett

    • Nellie van der Walt
      Posted at 08:01h, 11 April Reply

      Good morning Brett

      Thank you for your message. We have discontinued all glass blowing activites here at Backsberg. But we do hope that you’ll come for a wine tasting or to sample the menu at our new restaurant!

      Kind regards

      The Backsberg Team

  • Kim Sanderson
    Posted at 09:20h, 25 July Reply


    I’m not sure if you are the right person to speak to and if your company can help me but I am looking for someone who can manufacture glass lamp bases for me.

    I have searched everywhere but because they are round I’m told they need to be blown I will need +-100 and will need regular orders. Is this something you can do?

    Many thanks

    • Nellie van der Walt
      Posted at 09:55h, 22 August Reply

      Hi Kim

      We used to have a glass blowing studio on the farm, but we no longer do. Maybe you can try Consol?

      We hope you find a supplier!


  • Lesego Ramphomane
    Posted at 16:15h, 28 November Reply

    Good Day ! If i may ask, what was the reason for discontinuing the glass blowing workshops? I am interested in learning how to do it, with the aim of opening up my own workshop in Johannesburg. I am seeing that a lot of places have closed shop and i am just trying to understand the reasons for this. Regards

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