Wine lovers are spoilt for choice with accommodation in South Africa’s winelands. From five-star hotels and luxury guesthouses, to Cape Manor houses and boutique style lodging, the following establishments oﬀer the highest standards of service, quality, and comfort. You’ll also find superb attractions such as restaurants and spas, and, of course, some of the country’s fi nest fruits of the vine. We are greeted with a stunning rainbow at the Le Pommier Wine Estate (lepommier.co.za). Surrounded by Simonsberg and Groot Drakenstein mountains and a lake, the estate has a charming and rustic family atmosphere. Particularly a good choice when you’re travelling with kids because there’s a well-equipped play area along with a little petting club.
Like their international counterparts, many South African wine estates feature restaurants par excellence. This is where current trends like slow cooking and farm-to-table concepts can be enjoyed to the fullest. Sit back and savour lazy lunches and delicious dinners in beautiful surroundings, with innovative wine pairings. Take your pick from fine dining to earthy settings. Choices are unlimited, but we will just list a few to showcase the kind of culinary experiences that you can expect.
The name may sound like a tongue twister for those who are not familiar with Afrikaans, but it simply translates to ‘beyond expectations’. Living up to its name, the restaurant serves beautifully plated lipsmacking food and eyefuls of gorgeous vistas including horses basking in the sun and pretty pheasants strutting about gracefully. The restaurant that is situated in the original thatch-covered and white-washed Cape Dutch building, caters for relaxed and deli style lunches and dinners, but also oﬀers a limited selection of fine dining dishes. If you’re looking to try venison anywhere, this is the place to have it. We have the most flavourful springbok with port wine sauce, almond crème fraiche potato, baby beets and carrots, celeriac and vanilla confit.
Groot Constantia is South Africa’s oldest wine producing estate and houses two restaurants (Jonkershuis and Simon’s), a museum, art gallery, and, of course, an award-winning selection of wines, all available for tasting. Jonkershuis (jonkershuisconstantia.co.za) boasts a choice of seating options from private dining, to intimate indoor fire-side dining. Since it is windy on the oak lined front lawns, we choose to sit in the covered courtyard. While salads, handmade pastas and Cape Malay fish mentioned on the blackboard menu are all delicious, the rustic pork pie served with delicious sweet potato and baby carrots hits the spot with the very first bite. grootconstantia.co.za
TERROIR AT KLEINE ZALZE
Located on Kleine Zalze farm, famous for its award-winning Chenin Blanc and Shiraz, Terroir has been consistently winning awards and acclaim for food and wine pairing. Head Chef Michael Broughton and his team in the kitchen as well as waitrons oﬀer a memorable experience at this upmarket restaurant. You can expect a well-portioned five-course meal starting with a bubbly and artisanal bread. The amuse bouche of panko crusted mozzarella is paired with the Chenin Blanc; chilli garlic and mangosteen butter infused prawn risotto paired with chardonnay; sous vide fish in dashi sauce, rice vinegar and sake paired with chardonnay; and round oﬀ your meal with the most delicious desserts. Wines are selected on the basis of quality and their ability to stand up to the depth and intensity of the sauces that define Broughton’s French-based cooking style. Special and vintage wines are listed separately on two blackboards, including wines that customers may not generally be able to source without being in the know. kleinezalze.co.za